Does Your Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

Slowly, as acupuncture becomes more more accepted by the Western medical community, health insurance coverage for acupuncture is growing.

The reasons for this are many. More and more studies are being published that validate the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions, and consumers increasingly want — and will shop around for — health plans that cover acupuncture.

Recent health care reforms that emphasize cost-effective treatment will accelerate this trend. Compared with most of Western medicine, acupuncture is a low-tech, low-cost way to deal with many health conditions. Indications are that insurance companies would save significantly by covering acupuncture, especially for conditions such as back pain, migraines, and infertility.

Do I Take Your Insurance?

Currently I am able to accept insurance for several carriers. Most companies have some plans with acupuncture benefits and some without; the first step is to call your insurance company and ask whether you have coverage.

I am currently able to bill the following insurance plans directly:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Optum/United Health Care

I will also bill auto insurance for treatment of accident-related injuries.

If your insurance plan is not on my list, please talk to me and I’ll do my best to help you use your benefits.

Legislation in Massachusetts

A bill that would improve insurance coverage of acupuncture is ready to be voted on in the MA House of Representatives — it just needs to be released from committee and allowed to come up for a vote.

The bill would ensure that licensed acupuncturists are reimbursed for treatment along with medical doctors, and would establish a commission to explore the integration of acupuncture with Western medicine under the new health care laws.

If you’re inclined, it would really help if you contact your legislators about this. For more information on the bill, how to support it, and who to call, click here. (That article says you need to call by July 15, but any time before the 31st is still helpful!)

Thanks for your support!