Hearing Of The House Subcommittee On Health Of The House Committee On Veterans' Affairs - Legislative Hearing On H.R. 1017, H.R. 1036, H.R. 2504, H.R. 2559, H.R. 2735, H.R. 3073, H.R. 3441, H.R. 2506, And Draft Discussions On Homelessness, Graduate Psychology Education, And Psychiatric Service Dogs
Musculoskeletal conditions are the number one reason that returning veterans from OEF/OIF seek care at the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
However, the current statute is such that each Veteran Integrated Service Network director is only responsible for ensuring that a minimum of one VA medical center provides on-station chiropractic care. We all know that an individual VISN often encompasses multiple states and so, it is fair to say that on-site chiropractic care is not readily accessible for our veterans.
This is why I introduced H.R. 1470 and H.R. 1471 in the last Congress. These bills would have expanded on-site chiropractic care and services to veterans at VA medical centers.
In addition, it would have included chiropractic services and counseling, as well as periodic and preventive chiropractic exams and services among the medical, rehabilitative, and preventive health services available for veterans.
H.R. 1470 passed the House on May 23, 2007, but H.R. 1471 did not see further action after it was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
In this Congress, I introduced H.R. 1017, the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act. This act merges the provisions in H.R. 1470 and H.R. 1471 from the last Congress.
H.R. 1017 simply updates the timeframe for expansion of on-site chiropractic care to all VA medical centers. H.R. 1017 also removes a provision from H.R. 1471 of the 110th Congress, which would have established chiropractic practitioners on the same level as VA medical doctors in the direct provision of primary care services. This decision was based on the helpful feedback I received from our VSO community and the American Chiropractic Association.
I hope that you will support H.R. 1017 so that we can better provide chiropractic care to our veterans.