Back in 2002, President George W. Bush signed a law that made it so all eligible VA patients are eligible to receive chiropractic care. What many veterans may not know is that they are entitled to this benefit. Unfortunately, the VA is still trying to give better access to chiropractic care as only about 50 VA Medical Centers across the country cover this type of care. But does that mean you don’t have access to if you aren’t fortunate enough to be near one of these few facilities?
You do have some options available to you. First of all, you could go through the VA directly to get a referral to a private chiropractic center. They will pay the bill for you through the “fee-basis” process. However, this requires approval from your PCP and their may be several other hoops you have to jump through to get this access. You could also go through other groups like The Patriot Project, which helps veterans receive the care that they need to live a better quality life.
Thanks to these programs, thousands of veterans have been able to receive chiropractic care at both VA Medical Centers and private clinics thanks to the fee-basis process. There are numerous VA PCPs that have discussed these benefits with their patients. If you were not one of them, you should ask your PCP if they think this is an appropriate treatment for your needs. You may find that this is a good approach for you if:
- You’ve received these services in the past and found benefits from it.
- You have a friend or relative that has issues similar to yours and found benefit from it.
- You want to avoid potentially hazardous and addictive pain medications or surgeries for your issue.
There have been some issues with veterans who want to receive chiropractic care but that their local VA is unwilling to help them receive this care through fee-basis at another facility. This requires the veteran to jump through way too many hoops just to receive the care that they want and need. They need to get a referral, so they have to hope that their PCP is willing to help them out. This is where it helps to know and understand what your rights are as a veteran. This very practice is against the VA policy, as well as goes against the mission that the VA promises a “veteran-centered” approach.
Any services that are rendered by a chiropractor is covered as part of your standard VA health benefits. VA clinics are not allowed to tell veterans that they don’t provide these benefits. You should also watch out for those situations where you may be referred to a facility for these services, only to find out that they deny your referral. Their goal with this shady practice is to save money, denying essential care and fee-basis referrals. If you feel as though you were unfairly denied these services, you need to file a complaint with your VA patient advocate at the facility you go to.
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