On November 16, 2015 the U.S. Senate passed legislation that expands chiropractic treatment to more veterans. The Program for Provision of Chiropractic Care and Services to Veterans calls for the chiropractic benefit to be carried out at:
- A minimum of two additional medical centers or clinics per Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) no later than two years after enactment of the bill
- Implemented at no less than 50 percent of all medical centers in each VISN within three years of enactment.
There are nearly 160 VA treatment facilities nationwide. Currently, Chiropractors serve at 66 treatment facilities across the country.
This is a hugely important expansion of chiropractic services because more than 61% of veterans from Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom a Operation Enduring Freedom who went to the VA (over a 13 year period) were treated for musculoskeletal ailments.
For additional information, please see the American Chiropractic Association’s press release.