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August 31, 1970

Put Up or Shut Up

JAMA. 1970;213(9):1481-1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170350049014

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The report of the Task Force on Medicaid and Related Programs recommended recently that "a legislative amendment should be enacted denying financial participation in Medicaid payments to chiropractors..."

It is the third authoritative federal study group in recent years to report findings highly critical of chiropractic.

The Task Force on Medicaid and Related Programs included, on its 27-member panel, high-level representatives of the health and social sciences, consumers, industry, and knowledgeable persons from the health institution and service fields. It was appointed a year ago to advise the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare on the Medicaid program.

The Task Force explained that, under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, states have the option of including in their Medicaid programs the services of any health practitioners licensed by the states, including chiropractors. Fifteen state Medicaid programs include chiropractic services.

In its recommendation for removing chiropractic from Medicaid (Title XIX),