Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

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asked May 25 in Other- Health by Jamiemriemer (950 points)
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

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answered May 25 by LynnTerry (6,270 points)
Acupuncture is covered by most health insurance plans including private health insurance plans.

It is part of the state's implementation of regulations required by Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In fact, both California and Maryland are extending acupuncture health insurance coverage to all of its citizens with small group and individual health insurance plans.

Most private health insurance plans have covered acupuncture for years now.

And in 2020, government-run insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid followed suit, adding acupuncture coverage to their list of benefits.

Acupuncture costs between $112.00 for the first visit and first acupuncture procedure and then it may only cost $80.00 for follow up acupuncture procedures.

Although in some locations acupuncture can cost as much as $200.00 to $400.00

An acupuncture session may take up to 60 minutes, although some appointments may be much shorter.

A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week.

The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity.

The acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system which in turn releases the chemicals into the brain, spinal cord and muscles causing stimulation of the body's natural healing abilities which promote your physical as well as emotional well being.

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body.

Acupuncture is a pseudoscience; the theories and practices of TCM are not based on scientific knowledge, and it has been characterized as quackery.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific "acupoints."

This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.

There is no universal response to acupuncture.

Some people feel relaxed and may be a little tired, others feel energized and ready for anything.

Some people experience an improvement right away and for others it can take several treatments before noticing a positive change.

Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

During acupuncture if a needle hits a small nerve, muscle, or blood vessel, you may feel some pain or a more intense sensation.

A single sensation is OK as long as it's brief.

Points on the extremities are more likely to produce stronger reactions in the form of dull aches or tingling sensations.

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