There are definitely some great advantages to belonging to the FCA. Here are just a few of the benefits that provide great ROI on your membership dues investment:
Tax-Deductible "Return of Dues"
Life Insurance Program
Your FCA dues yield much more than the prestige of membership or educational benefits. Each year the FCA accumulates the value of your dues for a life insurance benefit. The actual value of your return of dues benefit equals the accumulated amount invested in your dues paid to date, up to $5000. Upon your death, your designated beneficiary will receive all dues you have paid in consecutively, up to $5000 plus a 10% bonus, provided your membership was uninterrupted. So FCA membership gives you a tax-deductible form of life insurance! Your dues statements will show the accumulated value in your Return of Dues account.
Each year the FCA provides a variety of education programs geared to the needs of the membership. Many qualify for license renewal, while others are purely informational. Programs are also provided for the chiropractic assistant and often fulfill ACRRT (X-ray tech) recertification requirements. Members receive greatly reduced rates for all FCA programs and many online webinars are offered for free.
The FCA employs a team of eight lobbyists to monitor the legislative climate in Florida and represent your interests. The FCA Government Relations Committee also works hard on chiropractic at the grassroots level and in the Legislature. Significant strides for the profession have been made through the FCA's effective legislative program, with many statutory references added to give more authority for you and better access to your services by Floridians.
Members Only Private Insurance Exchange
The FCA brings its members an exclusive program of member benefits - the FCA Private Insurance Exchange. The Exchange has been designed as an online marketplace where FCA members, their staff, and dependents, can compare and purchase products from industry-leading insurance providers. Available for individuals as well as employer groups, the Exchange offers a variety of insurance products: Health, Term Life, Long-Term Disability, Employer Group Exchange, Vision, Lifelock, Dental, Pet Insurance and other products are available. Visit their website or call 800-282-8626.
The FCA Insurance Relations Committee takes on important issues within this area, keeps you up-to-date on the latest changes and continually strives to improve relations with the insurance industry.
This quarterly publication reaches the entire membership in and outside of Florida as well as chiropractic colleges and state chiropractic associations. Each publication focuses on an issue of importance to all chiropractors.
FCA Web Site
Access the Members Only section of the FCA Web Site for a searchable directory, calendar of events, leadership, government relations and legal information, committee and council reports, insurance and recordkeeping information and a vast array of free manuals, forms and links that save you big dollars. Your listing in "Find a Doctor" makes it easy for new patients in your area to find you. The FCA web site has become the #1 resource for law and regulation changes and important documents needed for your Florida practice.
Informational mail-outs are sent to members only, presenting timely and pertinent materials and the latest in membership benefits.
Conventions & Expositions
Each year the FCA offers 5-6 getaway weekends with educational seminars for license renewal plus expositions featuring the latest in chiropractic products and services to enhance your practice. THE NATIONAL by FCA is the largest chiropractic convention and exposition in the Nation!
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FCA offers many opportunities for personal growth and leadership. Many serve the profession by becoming involved in district activities, committee participation or special projects. The FCA is a democratic organization, you can become involved and make a difference in the direction and progress of the Association and the profession.
Free Classified Advertising
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Local Society Meetings
These meetings with 18 FCA affiliated local societies offer an excellent forum for specific issues of concern to DCs in varying areas of Florida. They also help to build camaraderie within the profession.
The FCA's General Counsel continually monitors legal issues of importance to the profession. When necessary, the Association takes legal action to protect the interests of the practitioner.
For members with special clinical interests, there are FCA councils in Physical Fitness and Sports, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neurology and Nutrition.
ChiroPAC, FCA's political action committee, solicits contributions from members and supports the election and reelection efforts of Florida legislators who are friends of the profession. Through one of Florida's most effective grassroots network, politically-inclined members are matched as key contacts to each legislator. Chiro-PAC is one of the strongest PACs in Florida. Its strength insures chiropractic's continued role as a major player in influencing state legislation affecting the profession.
The FCA is a longtime and large annual contributor to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, seeking to further public relations for the profession throughout the USA. Because of its strong support of the Foundation, all FCA members are group members of the F4CP and have access to its many materials for you to use in your own community public relations programs. These include sample ads, press releases, proclamations, and many other PR tools with which you can build the image of chiropractic in your local community.
Membership Discounts and Member Benefit Partnerships
FCA in conjunction with Vendor Partners offer approved Membership Benefits discounts for products and services.