Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Now it’s the chiropractors’ turn

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Over at the MacIver Institute, yet another special interest apparently has the special decoder pin needed to get something inserted in the state budget. This time it’s the chiropractors.

Chiropractors are pinning their hopes on a proposed change to the law that redefine primary care physicians to include chiropractors under the state’s definition. Under the current law, a primary care physician “means a physician specializing in family medical practice, general internal medicine or pediatrics.” Now it would include chiropractors, a branch of alternative medicine that does not have scientific backing for the treatment of ailments beyond back and neck pain.

The proposed change to the law would also require insurance companies to pay chiropractors the same as primary care physicians, and would require more red tape to confirm compliance with the price fixing. With this change in the law, equal compensation for chiropractors would be phased in over three years starting January 1, 2016 at 80% of the average for primary care physicians. By January 1, 2017, it would climb to 90%, and it would go to 100% by 2018.

There are going to be a lot of health insurance ratepayers that are going to have sore backs carrying this load for the chiropractors.

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