Why hasn’t anyone thought of a health insurance plan to cover alternative medicine?
Other Path Seeker
Dear Other Path Seeker,
The actual implementation of this is difficult, however. It comes down to procedure codes. An acupuncturist might be licensed, but not able to bill any procedure codes that are covered by insurance. Many experts fault the law for being vague, and for leaving the follow-through to the state regulators.
So, in theory, alternative medical care should be covered but in practice it often is not. Some states have rules requiring specific treatments be covered by health insurance; acupuncture is a mandated benefit in 11 states, for example. It’s worth calling your plan and finding out what might be covered. You may be pleasantly surprised.