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May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05

Health Care Reform and You

By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT

Editor's note: This article has been altered from the original print version to reflect health care reform updates.

Update: On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. As it stands now, here is the excerpt from the health care reform bill passed:

"The provider non-discrimination provision (Section 2706) to be enacted into law reads in part: 'A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification under applicable State law.'"

Regarding this provision, John Falardeau, American Chiropractic Association (ACA) vice president of government relations said, "The Harkin non-discrimination language will be applicable to all health benefit plans both insured and self-insured."

In addition to Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Chris Dodd, we owe many, many thanks to the American Chiropractic Association as well as chiropractors across the country and their associations for their long, hard and expensive ordeal, being on top of this discrimination issue. They made darn sure this part of the health care reform bill was not removed as the bills moved forward.

I know for sure as a Florida Chiropractic Association Member, the FCA worked tirelessly for years to make sure they were not discriminated against. In this fight, they have also won some other great achievements in their favor. More on this next time.

This does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2014. Also this does not mean that insurance companies cannot stipulate what they will and will not cover in their policies. We will need to stay on top of this issue at all times and don't count our chickens before they are hatched, as the saying goes.

Thank You Massage Today Respondents

To the 176 therapists who responded to my October 2009 Massage Today article, "An Issue of Reimbursement" I want to thank you for your responses, positive feedback and willingness to help on health care issues as we move forward. Although I have not had time yet to respond to all, please know I did read your emails and appreciate that you read the article and responded so powerfully and positively.

If you would like to respond to this article please do so by writing to and please know I will read it and will respond when I can possibly do so.

Click here for previous articles by Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.


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