AARP Medicare Supplement Plans by United DO cover acupuncture, 18 sessions per year at a cost to you of only $10.
Veterans can receive care from us when referred by a VA provider. We will be paid by the VA Community Health Plan. Request a referral from your provider at the VA.
Unfortunately Wellmark BC/BS of Iowa does not cover acupuncture at this time under any circumstances.
Traditional Medicare now does cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain and no other conditions, but only when done by a licensed Medicare provider such as a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or dentist. Licensed acupuncturists may not bill Medicare for their professional treatment at this time unless on of the above-mentioned providers supervises the session and submits the bill to Medicare. We await the time when Medicare will create a “provider type” so that the thousands of professional acupuncturists in this country can charge Medicare for your treatment.
Other health insurance companies will pay for care. They may include United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna, as well as Blue Cross policies from other states besides Iowa.
Call the customer service number on the back of your card to ask about acupuncture coverage done by a licensed acupuncturist.