|(a) A retired chiropractor licensed by the board whose
only practice is the provision of voluntary charity care shall be
exempt from the licensure fee. A qualifying chiropractor is a person
who maintained a license in good standing prior to seeking the exemption.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) "voluntary charity care" means chiropractic care
provided for no compensation to:
(A) indigent populations;
(B) in medically underserved areas; or
(C) for a disaster relief organization.
(2) "compensation" means direct or indirect payment
of anything of monetary value, except payment or reimbursement of
reasonable, necessary, and actual travel and related expenses.
(c) To qualify for and obtain such an exemption, a
chiropractor must truthfully certify under oath, on a form approved
by the Board that the following information is correct:
(1) the chiropractor's practice of chiropractic does
not include the provision of chiropractic services for either direct
or indirect compensation which has monetary value of any kind;
(2) the chiropractor's practice of chiropractic is
limited to voluntary charity care for which the chiropractor receives
no direct or indirect compensation of any kind for chiropractic services
(3) the chiropractor's practice of chiropractic does
not include the provision of chiropractic services to members of
the chiropractor's family; and
(4) the chiropractor's practice of chiropractic comports
to the Board's rules.
(d) A chiropractor who qualifies for and obtains an
exemption from the licensure fee authorized under this section shall
obtain and report continuing education as required under Chapter 75
of the Board's rules.
(e) A retired chiropractor who has obtained an exemption
from the licensure fee as provided for under this section, may be
subject to disciplinary action under Chapter 201 of the Texas Chiropractic
Act and Title 22, Part 3 of the Texas Administrative Code, containing
the Board's rules.
(f) A chiropractor who attempts to obtain an exemption
from the licensure fee under this section by submitting false or misleading
statements to the board shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant
to Chapter 201 of the Texas Chiropractic Act and Title 22, Part 3
of the Texas Administrative Code, containing the Board's rules, in
addition to any civil or criminal actions provided for by state or
(g) A retired chiropractor providing voluntary charity
care must obtain the approval of the Board before returning to active
status by complying with all provisions of holding an active license
under the Board's rule.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §72.17 adopted to be effective November 24, 2015, 40 TexReg 8212; transferred effective November 1, 2018, as published in the Texas Register October 19, 2018, 43 TexReg 6963