Chiropractic Legislative Conference 2016
This past Wednesday I once again had the honor of going to Sacramento to lobby for chiropractic rights! I was able to lobby with many passionate and hardworking chiropractors and chiropractic students. Every year the California Chiropractic Association (CCA) puts on this event to give its members a chance to lobby for chiropractic rights with our state legislative members.
Every year this event seems to get better! We heard from many legislators themselves on why they support the legislative bills we lobby for, and why they support the chiropractic profession as a whole. I was also able to talk to many soon-to-be doctors of chiropractic (students) who paid their own way, and took time away from a hard school schedule because they understand the importance of fighting for their profession. The students are ready to become full CCA members and help the association grow.
To me, as the Secretary of the CCA Orange County District (OCD), it is imperative to be sure our districts are represented. It is paramount to establish a rapport with the legislators and their staff both in Sacramento and in their home districts. They do their best to work for their constituents, so it is always good to let them know what is going on within their district.
Current issues we are fighting for:
AB1992- A bill that will hopefully lead to the non-discrimination of chiropractors (and other professions) by some school districts in CA. Currently it is up to the school district to allow chiropractors to perform pre-participation athletic sports physicals. The current code excludes entire classes of qualified providers from doing these exams even though it is in their scope of practice. This bill will give parents more health care choices for their student athletes.
AB2407- This bill will require patients with injuries within the workers compensation system to be given the ability to be assessed by a provider of conservative care prior to surgery. This bill gives injured individuals the chance to get a second opinion and ability to see if a more conservative treatment plan can help with their problems. There has been an alarming increase in opioid use and surgery among injured workers. This bill is based on a similar one passed in Oregon after a health commission found that opioid and surgery had been overprescribed for the treatment of back injuries and other pain conditions.
I hope to see these bi-partisan bills that have no financial impact on the state be passed. They are good for chiropractors and others within the conservative healthcare realm, and therefore should get a lot of groups in support of them. I hope that all doctors of chiropractic will consider joining their state associations and be active in fighting for their rights to practice (especially all the chiropractors in the Orange County District!).
I hope to see an even bigger and more successful Legislative Conferences next year!
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