We have urgent, unfinished business.
That’s my simple message as we prepare to advocate once again for chiropractic during the 2019 Washington State Legislature.
Yes, we achieved tremendous gains during the 2018 session, including fair pay regarding spinal manipulation (which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2019) and six visits without prior authorization for each new episode of care, new episode = 90 days with no treatment for same condition (in effect since June 6, 2018).
Now, in this critical mid-term election year we must support those state legislators who supported us. To complete our contribution objectives we need to raise an additional $30,000 between now and the general election. Our legislative strength and effectiveness depends on this!
You can learn more about the legislators we are supporting in this online WSCA Election Guide.
Our main priority for the 2019 legislative session, as outlined by the WSCA Board of Directors, is to emphasize drugless services to combat the opioid crisis: This proposed legislation is modeled after legislation that passed in West Virginia this year. This bill is intended to do three things:
1) Require health plans to increase their visit limits to 20 for drugless services such as chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy and occupational therapy.
2) Require the copay for these drugless services to be the same as Primary Care services.
3) Require patients who seek opioid services/prescriptions to first visit for a trial of care at least one of the named drugless providers prior to receiving an opioid prescription.
We have expended enormous political capital to achieve our latest legislative wins, and much will be expected of us. I can’t stress enough how important it is to donate to the Trust, to help elect those who support chiropractic. Your donations ensure that we have access to legislators who are in a position to help our profession and our patients.
If you have contributed recently and/or are a regular contributor to the WSCT, it is appreciated and makes a difference. If you haven’t contributed, I urge you to do so today. Just click on the DONATE button.
Make a one-time contribution of $1,000, $500, $250, or $100, or sign up for monthly credit card withdrawals: $100, $50 or $25.
— By Dr. Dave Butters, President
Washington State Chiropractic Trust