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Eleven military hospitals and clinics are gearing up this summer to ensure more active duty service members (ADSMs) have access to chiropractic services starting this fall.
The 11 new locations join the 49 military clinics and hospitals currently providing chiropractic care to ADSMs. Also, for the first time, ADSMs overseas will have access to chiropractic services with two of the new locations in Germany and one in Okinawa, Japan. The new sites are tentatively scheduled to be up and running by Sept. 30, 2009.
The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act called for the Department of Defense to expand the number of military facilities offering chiropractic services to ADSMs. As a result, “TRICARE Management Activity convened a chiropractic workgroup composed of senior service representatives,” said Kathy Larkin, chief of the TRICARE Policy and Benefits Branch. “The group worked long and hard to determine where to expand chiropractic care to best meet the needs of active duty service members.”
The planned sites are:
For a complete list of military facilities offering ADSMs chiropractic care, or for more information about chiropractic care, see the TRICARE Web site at http://www.tricare.mil/ChiropracticCare.
The Chiropractic Care Program has been in effect since 2001 and is only available to ADSMs at designated military treatment facilities. A service member’s primary care manager determines if chiropractic care is appropriate.
TRICARE does not cover chiropractic care, but family members may be referred to non-chiropractic health care services—physical therapy, family practice or orthopedics—for treatment as appropriate.