Squires part of chiropractors group advocating for non-drug pain management for seniors, military retirees
ARLINGTON, Va. — Chiropractors from across the nation — including Dr. Lew Squires from Scottville — gathered in Washington, D.C. last Thursday to urge members of Congress to increase coverage of non-drug approaches to pain management to help combat the opioid crisis.
The advocacy day event was part of the American Chiropractic Association’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference.
Nearly 800 chiropractic physicians, students and supporters traveled to the nation’s capital last week to hear speeches from political leaders, participate in advocacy training and visit with members of Congress to urge support for pro-chiropractic legislation that would benefit Medicare beneficiaries as well as expand access to chiropractic services for military retirees and members of the National Guard and Reserve.
“Today is our day. Our day to deliver our message and to represent our patients,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, in his opening remarks.
Dr. Squires met with U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, of Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district; Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, of Michigan’s 4th Congressional District; and, Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, as a part of the advocacy day.
Attendees then heard from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, chief sponsor of the Senate bill to extend chiropractic access to military retirees, the National Guard and reservists; and U.S. Representative Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska), who sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Earlier last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Texas), who as a member of the Texas Legislature, advocated successfully on behalf of the chiropractic profession in Texas to retain chiropractors’ ability to diagnose, addressed ACA’s top political leaders.
“Chiropractic is critically important to the healthcare system,” said Sen. Baldwin, who stressed the need for greater access to non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management. “I’ve heard from veterans who are in desperate need of chiropractic care.”
“We know how important it is for patients to have access to minimally invasive chiropractic care,” said Rep. Smith. “Affordable access for patients is an important topic for us.”
The conference is for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants and chiropractic students. Beginning in 2020, the group will be called ACA Engage.
The organization has long been known for bringing together industry leaders from all over the country to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill and engaging legislators will always be a priority.
Over the years, the program has expanded to also include a wide variety of education offerings (with CE credit available), speeches from respected thought leaders and panel discussions that delve into important topics.
The new name reflects the association’s efforts to position the chiropractic profession for success by engaging a new generation of doctors with these exciting education, career and leadership-development opportunities.