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Chiropractic Unifies to Oppose UHC Headache Policy

Friday, July 27, 2018  


July 27, 2018



Julie K. Connolly, 540-932-3100


Afton, VA – The Unified VCA, along with chiropractic organizations across the country, signed on to a letter spearheaded by The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) to express strong opposition to a new policy by UnitedHealthcare (UHC) that denies headache sufferers the option to treat their pain without drugs using spinal manipulative therapy (SMT).

The letter to UHC President and CEO Dan Schumacher states that the policy -- which denies coverage of SMT for headache treatment because it states it is “unproven and/or not medically necessary” – is flawed because UHC failed to include key studies in an analysis conducted in advance of its determination.

“We urge UHC to withdraw its policy based on the most recent research, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines (including AHRQ), which support the use of spinal manipulation for the treatment of headache,” writes ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC.

The letter is cosigned by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the Clinical Compass (formerly known as the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters), the American Black Chiropractic Association and 30 state/regional chiropractic associations.

The letter offers additional justification for the policy’s withdrawal and adds, “The use of this flawed policy constitutes, in our view, a breach of fiduciary responsibility for a health plan administrator who must ensure that the plan claims are decided in accordance with plan documents and valid evidence.”

To view ACA's letter to UHC and the complete list of cosigners, [click here].


For additional details, call Ms. Julie K. Connolly, Executive Director, at 540-932-3100, or email her at


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