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Colleges and State Association Testify For Including Chiropractic In Missouri Medicaid



Published on August 15, 2013

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St. Louis – Kansas City - Drs. Patrick Montgomery and Cheryl Hawk, faculty members of
Logan University’s College of Chiropractic, and Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, President of
Cleveland Chiropractic College – Kansas City, testified yesterday in Cameron, Mo., at a public
hearing held by the Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and
Reform of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Doctors of Chiropractic are currently not included in Missouri’s Medicaid system, though 26
other states do include chiropractic services in Medicaid. “Much of Missouri is underserved by
the chiropractic profession,” says Dr. Montgomery, who is president of the Missouri State
Chiropractic Association, “especially in rural areas with high concentrations of Medicaideligible
Missourians.” By including Doctors of Chiropractic in Missouri’s Medicaid system,
eligible Missourians would have access to a type of care uniquely suited for low back pain and
other musculoskeletal pain conditions, one which also contributes to preventive care.

In statements following the hearing, the presidents of Missouri’s two chiropractic colleges
emphasized the value of chiropractic care. Dr. Cleveland stated, “Research confirms that
doctors of chiropractic provide an effective, safe and affordable approach to managing neck,
back and headache pain. Inclusion of doctors of chiropractic in the Missouri Medicaid program
would have a very positive impact benefiting those citizens eligible for these services.”

“We are excited to participate in the public discussion at the state level about expanding and
improving access to chiropractic health care for Missourians,” said Dr. Clay McDonald,
president of Logan University in St. Louis. “We look forward to participating with other
providers in delivering integrated health care services.”

About Logan University
Established in 1935, Logan University prepares students to succeed in the integrated health care marketplace.  Logan’s flagship Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program is complemented by our College of Health Sciences, which offers a Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, and a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition & Human Performance. Logan also offers undergraduate coursework through the Accelerated Science Program, a quick-delivery of undergraduate courses to meet the chiropractic program prerequisite requirements and to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology or in Life Science. The master’s degrees and undergraduate coursework are offered in both online or in an on-campus format at our Chesterfield campus, just minutes from downtown St. Louis. To learn more about one of the largest chiropractic colleges in North America, visit www.logan.edu.

About Cleveland University-Kansas City
Founded in 1922 by the Cleveland family, Cleveland Chiropractic College is recognized leader in preparing Doctors of Chiropractic to deliver care, serve their communities, and lead their profession. Alongside Cleveland University-Kansas City, the Cleveland system also offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Master of Science in Health Promotion. Led by Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III as president, a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic and grandson of the college founders, the Cleveland system is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with a mission focused on education, scholarship and service. Please visit www.cleveland.edu for more information.

Source:  Logan University
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