Gov. Parsons, seated, signs HB 1516 into law.
The people of Missouri got a win today. With Gov. Parsons signing HB 1516 into law, the roughly one million Missouri Medicaid patients can now access the chiropractic care they were previously denied. This means low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors and people with disabilities now have access to a drug-free, proven solution to pain.
In the midst of our country’s opioid problem, Missourians can be proud knowing our state took a step to help stem the tide of the epidemic that has taken a terrible toll on so many lives. This was a step sorely needed: Last year, Missouri experienced 11.7 deaths per 100,000 people due to opioid use, higher than the national average of 10.4 per 100,000.
Our most vulnerable citizens deserve to have an option for pain treatment that doesn’t come with a high risk of addiction. Chiropractic is that option – it’s a safe, non-pharmacological treatment that’s been proven to work. By recognizing the value of chiropractic care as part of the state’s healthcare system, the lives of Missourians will undoubtedly be improved.