IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 14, 2018
Ms. Baldwin (for herself and Mr. Moran) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 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 for certain covered beneficiaries as part of the TRICARE program.
This Act may be cited as the
Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act.
Chiropractic health care services from the Department of Defense for certain covered beneficiaries
Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall complete development of a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits for eligible covered beneficiaries as a permanent part of the TRICARE program.
Contents of plan
The plan developed under subsection (a) 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 to eligible covered beneficiaries;
require that chiropractic services may be provided only by a doctor of chiropractic; and
provide that an eligible 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 not later than 60 days after the date on which the plan is completed.
In this section:
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 of Defense and as authorized under State law; and
does not include the use of drugs or surgery.
The term covered beneficiary has the meaning given that term in section 1072(5) of title 10, United States Code.
The term eligible covered beneficiary means a covered beneficiary excluding a dependent of a member or former member of a uniformed service.
The term dependent has the meaning given that term in section 1072(2) 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 given that term in section 1072(7) of title 10, United States Code.