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Re:

Dear PCP/Patient Advocate:

The above-mentioned veteran’s _______________request for chiropractic treatment has been denied by the primary care physician,__________________ at the VA facility_____________ on ______ despite the fact that all veterans with service related disabilities are supposed to have access to chiropractic care; if not at a hospital then in the civilian community. In 2002, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-135, legislation that ensured that chiropractic would become a permanent benefit for recipients of veterans’ health care services.

Please be advised that chiropractic treatment is a standard VA benefit. No VA facility can state that they do not provide these essential health benefits. VA facilities can choose to provide this benefit in two ways:

  • By having an on-site chiropractic clinic, or;
  • By sending veterans to a private Doctor of Chiropractic in the community, using the "fee-basis" approach where the VA pays the bill.

Since chiropractic physicians are considered specialists with the Veteran Administration and with the Department of Defense, the Veteran must request from their primary care physician an approval for them to receive chiropractic treatment.

The primary care physician’s denial dated________ circumvents VA policy and does not go along with VA's own stated mission to be "veteran-centered."

Based on the information provided, I am requesting reconsideration of this veteran’s request for chiropractic evaluation, examination and treatment.

If this veteran’s request for chiropractic treatment remains denied after reconsideration:

  • We will contact the Veteran’s representatives in the U.S. House and or U.S. Senate.
  • We will bring it to the attention of several Veteran Service Organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warrior Project, and the American Legion.

Therefore, we request you review the denial in light of the information obtained, and approval is requested. Please respond to us within 7 days.

Sincerely

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