Public Policy Statements

General Elections Results (as of 8:10am 11/09/2016)

Donald Trump is now President-elect.
John McCain was re-elected.
Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat Tom O’Halleran will replace Anne Kirkpatrick in the US House defeating Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Marijuana went down (Proposition 205) and the minimum wage increase passed (Proposition 206).
Although there are still over 300,000 early and provisional ballots left to count the Legislative results appear to be fairly complete.
In the Arizona Senate the Republicans maintained a slightly reduced majority (17-13) losing Legislative District 7 where Democrat Jamacita Peshliki will take over the seat of Democrat turned Republican Carlisle Begay.
In Legislative District 6 incumbent Republican Sylvia Allen looks like she retained her seat while in Legislative District 8 Republican Representative Frank Pratt has defeated incumbent Democrat Barbara McGuire.
In Legislative District 18 Republican Frank Schmuck who had previously unseated incumbent Jeff Dial in the August primary fell to Democrat newcomer Sean Bowie and in Legislative 28 Republican Representative Kate Brophy-McGee bested Democrat Representative Dr. Eric Meyer to hold the seat vacated by retiring Senator Adam Driggs.
In the Arizona House the Republicans retained a reduced majority (34-26) losing Republican Chris Ackerley’s seat to newcomer and former Gabby Giffords aide Daniel Hernandez in District 2. Democrats also picked up a seat in Legislative District 18 where long time Representative Rob Robson fell to Democrat Mitzi Epstein.
Democrats held Representative Meyer’s House seat in District 28 as Kelli Butler won one of two seats with newcomer Republican Maria Syms, a former member of the Attorney General’s office took the second seat over Mary Hamway.
In Tucson, the District 10 House race Republican Todd Clodfelter is trailing incumbent Democrat Stephanie Mach by only 46 votes for the second seat. How many uncounted ballots are still out in Pima County is unknown.
There are a host of newcomers, especially in the House. Other than the above races, Republicans and Democrats held the seats in districts that they were supposed to win. We will supply a new list of legislators later this week.

Arizona Chiropractic Legislative Conference - January 28, 2015

While visiting with our legislators today, we let them know how they can help our patients, our physicians and our staffs. We highlighted several issues that will need various forms of attention in the current legislative session:

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC's) inclusion of chiropractic: On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in California Association of Rural Health Clinics v. Douglas. The court rejected California's 2009 elimination of nine "optional" benefits (including chiropractic) and ruled that the Medicaid Act requires California's Medi-Cal program to provide payment to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally-qualified Heatlh Centers (FQHCs) for the previously eliminated services. We met with the Attorney General's office to determine what next actions would be necessary to execute the court's decision. We may need to ask legislators to request an official opinion of the Attorney General depending upon what the AG's initial finding's are and there may be a need for legislation to codify the decision. We will know more soon.

The Arizona Unfair Claims Practices Act: Nothing can be more critical to chiropractic than the enforcement of the 25 year old AZ Unfair Claims Practices Act. While the law seems to simply prohibit discrimination among and between medical, osteopathic and chiropractic ". . . if the services are within the lawful scope of practice of the physician and the insurance coverage includes diagnosis and treatment of the condition or complaint, regardless of the nomenclature used to describe the condition, complaint or service . . ." interpretation and enforcement has been severely lacking. Since it has been a long time since this statute has been reviewed by the Attorney General in its simplest form we are asking a bipartisan group of Legislators to sign on to an AG's Opinion Request that seeks to clarify the enforce-ability of the AZ Unfair Claims Practice Act.

Veterinary Chiropractic: For many years any number of chiropractors have been diagnosing and treating subluxations in animals. Many chiropractors have been receiving certification from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association following literally hundreds of hours of study. Lawyers for the Association of Chiropractic College Presidents have suggested that current Arizona statutes do not prohibit chiropractors from diagnosing and treating subluxations in animals. Whether we move forward with legislation had not yet been finally determined.

Transfer of Health Profession Regulatory Boards To The Department Of Health Services: An effort to transfer health profession regulatory boards to the department of health services (DHS) is being considered by the legislature and the Governor. The thought is that there are economies of scale to be achieved by transferring all health care boards under DHS especially in administrative costs and other normal and customary expenses. Also under consideration is to have the boards' decisions only advisory with the Director of DHS having the final say. This latter proposal requires some significant debate, as it would fundamentally change the nature of health care professionals' regulation.

AAC Position Statement on Health Choice Freedom: The AAC supports an individuals right to freedom of choice in determining health care decisions for themselves and their children based upon informed awareness of the benefits and possible adverse effects of all types of treatment. We further support medical, philosophical, and religious exemptions regarding any mandatory health care laws thereby maintaining an individual's right to freedom of choice in health care matters.

As you can see making legislators aware of the importance of these issues, seeking their support if Attorney General opinion requests are needed and agreeing to sign that letter or letters. When practicing chiropractors talk directly to legislators it has a remarkable impact!

AAC Position Statement

The AAC Supports an individual’s right to freedom of choice in determining health care decisions for themselves and their children based upon informed awareness of the benefits and possible adverse effects of all types of treatment.

We further support medical, philosophical, and religious exemptions regarding any mandatory health care laws thereby maintaining an individual’s right to freedom of choice in health care matters.

Adopted by Executive Committee May 21, 2015