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H.R. 409 (112th): Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 24, 2011 (Introduced).

Source: GPO



1st Session

H. R. 409


January 24, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Paul, Mr. Latta, Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Courtney, and Mr. Aderholt) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


To require the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits for certain new beneficiaries as part of the TRICARE program.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act.


Chiropractic health care for retirees, dependents, and survivors


Plan required

Not later than August 31, 2011, the Secretary of Defense shall complete development of a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits, as a permanent part of the TRICARE program, for covered beneficiaries.


Contents of plan

The plan shall require that a contract entered into under section 1097 of title 10, United States Code, for the delivery of health care services shall—


include the delivery of chiropractic services;


require that chiropractic services may be provided only by a doctor of chiropractic; and


provide that a covered beneficiary may select and have direct access to a doctor of chiropractic without referral by another health practitioner.


Implementation of plan

The plan developed under subsection (a) shall provide for implementation of the plan to begin no later than January 31, 2012.



In this Act:


The term chiropractic services


includes diagnosis (including by diagnostic x-ray tests), evaluation and management, and therapeutic services for the treatment of a patient's health condition, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions and the subluxation complex, and such other services determined appropriate by the Secretary and as authorized under State law; and


does not include the use of drugs or surgery.


The term covered beneficiary has the meaning provided by section 1072(5) of title 10, United States Code.


The term doctor of chiropractic means only a doctor of chiropractic who is licensed as a doctor of chiropractic, chiropractic physician, or chiropractor by a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States.


The term TRICARE program has the meaning provided by section 1072(7) of title 10, United States Code.