Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) this week introduced the bipartisan Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2011, a bill to improve health care for veterans by expanding access to chiropractic care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities nationwide.
“All too often, veterans suffer musculoskeletal and connective system diseases that go untreated because less than one-third of the VA medical centers offer chiropractic care and services” said Blumenthal. “Wounds requiring chiropractic care result from IEDs and other explosive devices particularly common to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act mandates chiropractic care and services at all VA medical centers. The legislation would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide chiropractic care at a minimum of 75 VA medical centers by December 31, 2012 and at all VA medical centers by December 31, 2014