Why is The Patriot Project so important?

Why is the Patriot Project important and what will result from its success?

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In 2002, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-135, legislation that ensured that chiropractic would become a permanent benefit for recipients of veterans’ health care services. As a result, chiropractic care was gradually added to more than 30 VA medical centers.

In the remaining 120 VA treatment facilities, however—including those in several major metropolitan areas, the chiropractic care benefit has remained virtually nonexistent.

All veterans with service related disabilities are supposed to have access to chiropractic care; if not at a hospital then in the civilian community. Chiropractic treatment is a standard VA benefit. No VA facility can state that they do not provide these essential health benefits.

Chiropractic physicians are considered specialists with the Veteran Administration and with the Department of Defense, which means the Veteran must request from their PCP an approval for them to receive chiropractic treatment.

Problem #1: Vets DO NOT KNOW they have chiropractic benefits.

Problem #2: There is no listing of chiropractic benefit within the VA HealthCare Benefit section within their website except under ancillary services.

Problem #3: Vets DO NOT KNOW the benefit they can obtain from chiropractic treatment which includes acupuncture.

Problem #4: Vets DO NOT KNOW they can appeal their PCPs denial of their requests for chiropractic treatment. 

Problem #5: Armed forces families do not have chiropractic benefits.

Problem #6: Veterans reliance upon medications results in a high probability of developing additional health problems and or even developing life threatening/ending situations.

Some veterans have found their local VA is reluctant to send them for fee-basis care outside the VA facility, and have required they jump through many hoops to get a referral for a Doctor of Chiropractic. This is against VA policy and does not go along with the VA's own stated mission to be "veteran-centered."

Many times the VA facility is trying to save money by denying fee-basis care delivered by doctors of chiropractic, even though they spend a great deal on numerous other treatments. VA facilities are unaware that chiropractic treatment can reduce their facilities cost.

Medical literature has revealed that when insurance company limit/reduce chiropractic treatment benefits, their total costs for healthcare, actually increased.

  • A patient receiving regular chiropractic care experiences reduced hospital admissions, surgeries, and pharmaceutical costs.
  • Studies indicate that greater chiropractic coverage, despite increased visits to a DC, results in significant net savings in both indirect and direct costs.
  • Chiropractic care could reduce Medicare costs—both payment for all services and average per claim payment. 
  • Chiropractic patients typically pay less and are more satisfied with their treatment than MD patients.
  • Chiropractic care can be used to control health care costs. 
  • Chiropractic patients reach maximum medical improvement sooner than when treated by a medical doctor.
  • Chiropractic treatment is not an add-on, it is a direct substitution for other treatment.

Conclusion:

Services delivered by doctors of chiropractic are part of the standard VA benefits and no VA facility can say "do not provide" these essential health benefits. Some veterans have found their local VA is reluctant to send them for fee-basis care outside the VA facility, and have required they jump through many hoops to get a referral for a Doctor of Chiropractic. This is against VA policy and does not go along with VA's own stated mission to be "veteran-centered."

The Patriot Project is determined to change this, with your help.

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  • followed this page 2017-05-25 18:16:06 -0400
  • commented 2015-05-27 09:40:54 -0400
    I am a vet who has been using chiropractic and acupuncture from the VA since 2011. San Francisco was great getting care. Biloxi VA would not offer.
    New Orleans VA has a pain clinic with acupuncture backed up once a month only. Would only auth limited chiropractic. Columbia MO VA same as New Orleans. May 2015 I was told by my chiro that VA cutting visits to 6 a year. Chiro not for chronic back pain. Told the same by acupuncture doctor.
  • commented 2015-04-14 06:29:23 -0400
    This is wonderful our to serve our vets…pass the word on!
  • commented 2015-03-31 17:35:57 -0400
    I just spoke last week at a local VFW Post on Natural Solutions for PTSD. Chiropractic is one of them! I am honored to be able to help our veterans, and am available to do workshops in Northern New Jersey.
  • commented 2015-03-30 19:47:21 -0400
    I have just begun as a fee basis Chiropractor for N. TX VA in Ft Worth, yet maintain a priivate part-time practice. Serving over 70 veterans a week AT VA some of my private practice members are also vets or Active duty. So I have no problem ever providing 1 service minimum a week to those who really need. it.
  • commented 2015-03-30 14:35:56 -0400
    I never knew this existed and my wife is in the military. I’m onboard!!
  • commented 2015-03-30 13:19:13 -0400
    I’m honored to serve those who help protect our freedom and put their lives on the line so that I can continue to march in the Wellness Revolution and deliver ChiropracTIC!
  • commented 2015-03-28 13:36:00 -0400
    Just signed up at CalJam after seeing Staff Sgt. Shiloh Harris speak.
  • commented 2015-03-25 11:22:53 -0400
    So many people can benefit from Chiropractic/Acupuncture and other natural methods we provide. Those interested in a drug-free approach should know they have another choice with us. Dr. Lora Wolph,BA,DC,Dipl.IAMA
  • commented 2015-03-24 22:47:00 -0400
    I Look forward to helping those service men and women who have helped serve our great country.

    Dr. Michael P. Daley , DC.
  • commented 2015-03-24 18:55:35 -0400
    Go check out The Patroit Project!
  • commented 2015-03-24 10:54:37 -0400
    Partnering together, Avazzia and the Patriot-Project are impacting veterans and wounded warriors with drug-free pain relief.
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