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MCA In Touch – September 2018
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MCA Leadership Summit

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Don’t miss the chance to save money! Register for the MCA Leadership Summit today before the price increases to $149 tomorrow. Register today.

BONUS! By registering now, you’ll also have a chance to win a Social Media Strategy Session for your practice with featured speaker Dawn Zimmerman of The Write Advantage for your practice from the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.

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The Minnesota Legislature in 2019
Healthcare will be Back on the Agenda

Charles Sawyer, DC
MCA Professional Officer for Legislative Affairs

At the start of the next session of the Minnesota Legislature on January 8, 2019 we will be on the back-side of the mid-term elections, and voters on November 6th (or actually now since early voting has started) will have elected elect a new Governor and Attorney General.

All House seats are also on the ballot and there will be a special election in Senate District 13 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Michelle Fischbach who is currently serving as Lieutenant Governor.

I have represented the MCA at DFL and GOP Caucus fundraising events hosted by Mr. Kevin Goodno’s lobby team and, on separate occasions, the current Minority Leader, Representative Melissa Hortman, and Speaker of the House, Representative Kurt Doudt, both predicted and elaborated that healthcare issues would be high priorities for both political parties in the next legislative session.

In addition to ongoing concern about instability in the individual insurance market, reigning in healthcare costs, high insurance premiums and deductibles are front-burner public policy issues. And, the outcome of the November election could alter the fate of the 2% provider tax as a funding mechanism for MinnesotaCare.

Because we get support from both sides of the aisle, we have compiled a list of all House members who were chief authors or co-authors of legislation either introduced by the MCA, or the association otherwise supported. As we continue to pursue our legislative agenda, we have the opportunity to both connect with incumbents who support the profession, and challengers who may not be familiar with our issues and how they affect chiropractic patients.

Regardless of your party affiliation, take a few minutes between now and the end of October to get in touch with House candidates in your voting district and an easy way is through their campaign websites or by email. Introduce yourself and send a brief note sharing your views about the issues that are on our Legislative Agenda. And, if you are inclined, make a campaign contribution – especially to those on the list we have included with this article.

Finally, if you have any questions or want additional information about any of the House races, please contact me at or (612) 719-1079.

Big Medicare changes coming to Minnesota

More than 320,000 Minnesotans will be changing Medicare health plans in 2019, when a federal law eliminates certain health insurance options in the Twin Cities and across much of the state.

If you or a family member is currently on a Medicare Cost plan, big changes are coming for 2019. This summer, insurers that sell Medicare Cost plans are sending out letters to consumers about the transition. There’s no change to coverage in 2018, they point out, while stressing that details about 2019 options aren’t yet available.

Only three insurers sell Medicare Cost plans in the state — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Health Partners, and Medica. For several years, Minneapolis-based UCare and Kentucky-based Humana have been the primary sellers of Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota.

More than 320,000 people are losing their Cost plans in Minnesota. It’s likely that roughly 100,000 people will be automatically enrolled into a comparable plan with their current insurer. That likely will leave another 220,000 people who will need to be proactive to obtain new replacement Medicare coverage.

This will be a very confusion year for most Medicare users. We are very proud to have partnered with MN Health Insurance Agency, a local independent broker, to help all of our members during this transitional time. The benefit of working with MN Health is that they have the ability to review ALL your Medicare options with BCBS, UCare, Health Partners Medica, United Health Care, Humana, and Aetna. Even if you are not affected by this change, it is important that you review your Medicare plan options annually; this will ensure that your current plan is the most suitable option that fits your budget, health, and lifestyle.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  1. October 1st- All plans will be released and can be discussed with an agent.
  2. October 15th- You can start signing up for new plans.
  3. December 7th- Open Enrollment ends.

We recommend our affected members contact Eric or Andy to set up a personal appointment on or after October 1st. If you have any immediate questions please email or call them today.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson
651-348-7220 (office)
651-295-3880 (cell)

Andy Troje

Andy Troje
651-348-7220 (office)
612-710 9038 (cell)

American Chiropractic Association is Leading Chiropractic into the Future

Join hundreds of chiropractic professionals at the 2019 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (Jan. 16-19) who are committed to evidence-based and patient-centered care. ACA’s annual conference offers an unmatched program, featuring over 20 educational sessions — providing high-quality, innovative presentations on evidence in practice, the highest standards of ethics and patient care and best practices in practice management. Come to Washington, D.C. to learn from renowned thought-leaders, exchange resources and develop meaningful relationships on Capitol Hill. MCA Members can register at the ACA member rate until Oct. 15. Simply use the discount code 19NC75OR.

No other event brings together an audience with the same authority as ACA. Find out more at

Chiro Kids Day
Join us Thursday, October 25th!

CHiro Kids DayWelcome to the first annual Minnesota Chiro Kids Day! The MCA’s goal for this program is to come together as Minnesota chiropractors on October 25th, 2018 to educate thousands through the media and educational talks on the importance of pediatric chiropractic. With more and more parents across the state taking their children – even babies – in for chiropractic care, there are still questions as to why they may need care, if it is safe for children, and what the benefits are. By registering for this event, you will get access to a toolkit, which will make your participating as easy as possible and you can choose your level of involvement to help spread the work about pediatric chiropractic.

Registration for the event will provide you with a toolkit, which includes:

  • Power points: general wellness for children, & backpack safety
  • Research and powerful articles on the effectiveness of pediatric adjusting
  • Patient handouts
  • Tips for being interviewed- including 10 questions to give your interviewer
  • Press releases


The Future of Chiropractic Looks Bright

Dr. Ray Foxworth
ChiroHealthUSA President

Last month at the FCA National Convention in Orlando, Florida, our own Kristi Hudson introduced attendees to Brooke Preston, the third recipient of the Foxworth Family Chiropractic Scholarship. A student at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Brooke received $10,000 towards her tuition and $5,000 in cash to offset her living expenses and further her education outside of the classroom. An additional $10,000 was donated to her school. In Orlando, Dr. Deb Bushway, Interim President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University, announced that the donation will be used to host a job fair for the students.

This year, we received over 450 applications for the scholarship, and each year I continue to be impressed by the students who tell their chiropractic stories. They speak passionately of their drive to have an impact on their campuses, in their communities, and on this great profession. Meeting Brooke and her parents in Florida, was an incredibly touching experience as the representative not just for ChiroHealthUSA, but as part of the Foxworth family. The scholarship is named in honor of my parents, Drs. Betty and Charles Mathews.

When Brooke was notified that she is the recipient of the 2018 scholarship, her response touched my heart. “Receiving this scholarship has inspired me to be an even better leader within my community,” she said. “It is such an honor to be the recipient of the scholarship. I am so excited to begin the next steps in my career and begin serving and advocating on behalf of others through this amazing profession.” Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. You literally walk away from a conversation with Brooke with a smile on your face and an incredible amount of pride that she represents the future of our profession.

Giving back to a profession that has meant so much to me, has been part of the mission of ChiroHealthUSA from the day we opened our doors. I am incredibly proud of each scholarship recipient. Amber Horsely, our 2016 scholarship recipient, recently graduated and is now an associate working in practice. Billy Stetzel, our 2017 scholarship recipient, opened his own practice just a few months ago. I have no doubt Brooke will serve the chiropractic community and her patients well.

With emotion in her voice, Kristi stood in front of 1,000 attendees and said, “The philanthropic efforts at ChiroHealthUSA mean so much to us.” And, she couldn’t be more right about that. Four years ago, Kristi and I sought out ways that we could have an impact on chiropractic students. The scholarship has indeed made an impact on reducing their student debt, but getting to know each of them and following their careers, has had an incredible effect on all of us at ChiroHealthUSA.

Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship each year they are enrolled in chiropractic school, even if they have applied in the past. To learn more about the scholarship, or apply visit:

Dr. Ray Foxworth is a certified Medical Compliance Spe¬cialist and President of ChiroHealthUSA. A practicing Chiropractor, he remains “in the trenches” facing challenges with billing, coding, documentation and compliance. He has served as president of the Mis¬sissippi Chiropractic Association, former Staff Chiro¬practor at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center and is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic. You can contact Dr. Foxworth at 1-888-719-9990, or visit the ChiroHealthUSA website at Join us for a free webinar that will give you all the details about how a DMPO can help you practice with more peace of mind. Go to to register today.

MCA Sports Council Update
Red Ribbon Ride & Susan G. Komen 3-Day Photos

The MCA Sports Council has worked with the Red Ribbon Ride for the last 3 years. The ride represents 5 Twin Cities HIV/AIDS organizations; African American AIDS Task Force, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, One Heartland, Rural AIDS Action Network and The Aliveness Project. The ride’s purpose is to raise vital funds for HIV/AIDS services, treatment, prevention and awareness.

This year’s event was based out of camp One Heartland in north central Minnesota, featuring two days of out and back rides. Riders had the option of riding approximately 100, 85 or 50 miles on Saturday and either 65 or 35 more on Sunday. Doctors from the MCA Sports Council were stationed at camp in the morning, the lunch pit stops and again at camp when the riders returned to provide support to the riders and keep them going on the next leg of their journey.

The sports medicine team was led by Drs Cailin Shurson and Brandon Langerude. They helped the riders through various levels of pain, discomfort, and injury on the ride, keeping them happy, healthy and on their bikes.

The MCA Sports Council sponsors many events every year but for me personally the Red Ribbon Ride has been one of my favorite. The group of people who organize and run the ride are incredibly fun to be around and interact with leading up to and during the ride. Even with all the work that goes into preparing for and executing our end of the event, we continue to look forward to doing it again next year. We’d love to see you there or at any of our upcoming events.

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