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Disabled Parking Permits and Chiropractors! SB204

Thursday, February 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheri Ryan
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Monday 19 February

 

AK DMV and Disabled

 

Parking Permits

 





DMV Form no longer lists Chiropractors as Authorized Provider to complete Application for Special Disability Parking Permits

In the summer of 2016, several ACS Members notified the Alaska Chiropractic Society that Disability Parking Permit applications completed by chiropractors were no longer being accepted by the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.  

The State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles Application for Special Disability Parking Permit - Form 861 was revised 05/2016 and again 11/2016. The form no longer has "Chiropractor" included in the list of healthcare providers able to complete. I contacted the DMV and the Department of Administration which oversees the Division of Motor Vehicles. I was told the form change was due to an attorney's opinion to the state that Doctors of Chiropractic do not meet the narrowly written requirements of the statute that dictates who can complete the Disability Parking Permit application. The statute requires healthcare professionals to be licensed under AS 08.64 or AS 08.68. As DCs are licensed under AS 08.20, I was told chiropractors do not meet the narrowly written criteria of this statute.

Here's the statute that dictates who can complete the Disability Parking Permit for the DMV in Alaska - AS 28.10.181 (d) states "For purposes of this subsection, proof of disability may be provided by a person licensed as a physician or physician assistant under AS 08.64 or as an advanced nurse practitioner under AS 08.68."

The ACS Legislative Committee has met numerous times over the last year and a half to address this situation.  Step 1 - ACS attempted to have the form amended administratively given that prior to the 2016 change of AK DMV Form 861, chiropractors were listed as authorized physicians to complete/sign the application for handicapped/disability parking identification and had been completing the form for 30 years.  We were unsuccessful in that endeavor.  Step 2 - During the legislative session in 2017, ACS attempted to tack the change onto an existing bill but were unsuccessful.  Step 3 - Find a sponsor and introduce our own bill with the needed correction(s).  SB 204 was introduced TODAY with Senator Dennis Egan from Juneau as the sponsor!!!  (http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/30?Root=SB204WE'RE CLOSE PEOPLE and ACS needs YOUR HELP

 

  • I need Doctors of Chiropractic willing to testify IN-PERSON in Juneau at any committee hearings that would be scheduled this legislative session on a bill.  Please note - Committee hearings are sometimes scheduled with short notice.  
  • Do you know Senator Kevin Meyer?  If so, please contact me ASAP! 
  • I need to find chiropractic patients who were unable to receive their disabled parking permits because the DMV refused to accept the form completed by a chiropractor that are willing to write their state legislators about the hardships created when turned away.  
  • I need to find chiropractic patients who would use a DC as opposed to an MD for completion of the DMV form should they need to apply and are willing to write letters of support to Alaska legislators


Talking Points:  

• DCs are trained, licensed, and qualified to diagnose, treat, and provide disability and physical impairment ratings, both by education and licensure - AS 08.20.100 (b)(8).

• DCs in Alaska are under the same record-keeping requirements as MDs/DOs, PAs and ANPs, and share records when requested.

• In Alaska, DCs are considered primary care providers with direct access and full ability to perform or order any diagnostic tests required. DCs are considered at physician level status under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act.  

• Many Alaskans choose to have a DC as their primary care provider and do not regularly see an MD/DO.  To require a patient to visit another provider for form completion is burdensome and creates additional cost.  

• Prior to the 2016 change of AK DMV Form 861, chiropractors were listed as authorized physicians to complete/sign the application for handicapped/disability parking identification and had been completing the forms for 30 years.  

 

When called on by ACS to contact your state legislator in support of this change, we hope we can count on your support.!  

 

Best Regards, 

 

Sheri Ryan  |  Chief Operating Officer

Alaska Chiropractic Society | 550 E. Tudor Rd., Suite 202 |  Anchorage, AK 99503

Direct/Mobile: (907) 903-1350 | Fax: (907) 770-3790

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