CHIP efforts intensify as MN Legislature convenes

January 25, 2013

Now that the 2013 Minnesota Legislature has convened, Northwestern’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy (CHIP) has shifted into high gear. The CHIP team is focusing their efforts on several bills specific to the chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture professions, as well as the work on legislation to establish Minnesota’s Insurance Exchange, which under federal law must be functional by next October. CHIP is also lobbying to ensure that Section 2706 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that prohibits discrimination against health care providers “acting within the scope of their professional license and applicable State laws,” is included in Minnesota law.

The CHIP team developed talking points for Minnesota lawmakers focusing on the effectiveness of treatments by chiropractic doctors for patients with back and neck pain, and is presenting evidence-informed arguments opposing the current restrictions health plans place on access to doctors of chiropractic. CHIP efforts include supporting acupuncturists, who are seeking to have their services included as an essential health benefit and contest the very restrictive manner in which acupuncture services have been included in Minnesota’s health care programs; and helping massage therapists reintroduce the voluntary registration bill for massage and body work, which has struggled to gain traction in recent sessions.

Contact Charles Sawyer, DC, senior vice president at Northwestern, at ext. 470 for more information about the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy.

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For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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