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AARP Medicare Plans by United DO cover acupuncture, but you should telephone them to get exact coverage details. We will ask that you pay your fee at the time service is delivered, and we will file your claim to get you reimbursed. There are differences between policies, and things change every year so call before you schedule your visit here to know what you can expect.

Traditional Medicare from your government DOES cover acupuncture as of Jan 2021. But ONLY a Medical Doctor or other Medicare provider may be reimbursed for that treatment. That means that Licensed Acupuncturists are not able to be paid by Medicare unless they are under the “supervision” of a Medicare provider like a medical doctor who will submit the bill for them.

Additionally, Medicare reimbursement for acupuncture services is much lower than the fees usually collected by acupuncturists in private practice, so you may pay a bit more at the time of your care, and then be reimbursed at the Medicare-specified rates. We are sorry that this is so confusing.

Acupuncturists in the United States are not a recognized healthcare provider by the Medicare system. We are working diligently as a group to change this, but it will literally take an act of congress, your House of Representatives, and your US Senate, to pass a bill to make American Licensed Acupuncturists be able to be paid to do acupuncture FOR YOU.

Call your US congressperson and Senator to get more information and demand that your licensed acupuncturist be allowed to treat you under Medicare.

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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.