Chiro. Upgrade in Minn. Budget

Minnesota is feeling the budget crunch just like many other states, much less the nation, which led state legislators to make tough decisions regarding health care when passing the latest budget.

However, while health care services were cut in a number of areas, annual chiropractic visits covered by the state for fee-for-service Medical Assistance patients actually doubled. As detailed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the new budget also provides for the development of a CAM demonstration project and extends state coverage to include acupuncture as provided by DCs and other providers.

Spearheading the beneficial provisions was seven-term Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), head of the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Finance Committee and a Northwestern University of Health Sciences graduate.

The pro-chiropractic provision in the new budget is particularly significant because only a few years ago, annual chiropractic visits were slashed from 24 to 12 a compromise that saved chiropractic care from being eliminated altogether from the state's Medical Assistance, General Assistance and Minnesota-Care programs.

By Editorial Staff

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