EMAIL ASSEMBLYMEMBER DR. ARAMBULA
Help CalChiro Restore the Medi-Cal Chiropractic Optional Benefit for Adult Beneficiaries!
Help CalChiro in advocating for the budget proposal to restore the Medi-Cal chiropractic optional benefit for adult beneficiaries and modifying the 2 visit a month Medi-Cal limit to a 24 annual visit limit. We are currently targeting Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula on the Assembly Budget Committee.
Below is the sample email for you to copy and paste. Feel free to modify the email, especially if you can talk about your experience treating Medi-Cal recipients and disadvantaged communities. When you send an email please CC: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com, and don’t forget to add your signature.
Subject Line: Help CalChiro Restore the Medi-Cal Chiropractic Optional Benefit for Adult Beneficiaries!
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Dear Dr. Arambula,
I write to you today to express my strong support for Assemblymember Robert Rivas’s budget proposal to restore the Medi-Cal chiropractic optional benefit for adult beneficiaries and modifying the 2 visit a month Medi-Cal limit to a 24 annual visit limit.
The expansion of Medi-Cal over the years has proven to be successful and we want to thank you for your leadership and advocacy for ensuring that Californians, particularly our most vulnerable populations, have health coverage. I fully support the expansion of health coverage for Californians and I strongly believe we must give recipients access to the full breadth of health practitioners. Unfortunately, adult Medi-Cal beneficiaries do not have access to chiropractic benefits because it has not been restored – chiropractic is the only optional benefit that has yet to be restored.
Restoring the chiropractic Medi-Cal option for adults comes at a low cost (forecasted to be less than $2 million annually) and yields cost savings. The CA Health Care Foundation found that alternative treatments to opioids, such as chiropractic, have been found to play an important role in the delivery of cost-effective, non-drug services, as complementary to traditional treatments. The Partnership Chief Medical Officer is quoted in the study, “Since we launched the Managing Pain Safely Programs, we are saving more than $1 million per month in decreased opioid prescription claims”.
Additionally, populations that do retain a chiropractic benefit often are forced to settle for inadequate treatment options due to the Medi-Cal two-visit per month limitation that arbitrarily interrupts sound clinical judgement. These limitations lead Medi-Cal beneficiaries to pay for the service out of pocket, forego treatment options, or simply turn towards pain management prescriptions without addressing the root cause of their pain.
I strongly urge you to support the restoration of chiropractic optional benefit and adjusting the benefit in a manner that maintains a 24 visit annual limit so that Medi-Cal beneficiaries may receive clinically appropriate interventions in a timely fashion.
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