Many insurance companies now offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services performed by an acupuncturist. Our clinic has registered with the Canadian Association of Healthcare Practitioners (C.A.H.P), as well as the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of Ontario.
Does my insurance cover acupuncture?
You can find out if your insurance provides acupuncture benefits by calling your insurance company's patient information or benefits line. This number can be found on your insurance card.
If your insurance provider does cover acupuncture, here are a few questions that you can ask to determine your eligibility and coverage:
What are Affinity Programs for acupuncture?
If you don't have benefits, you may have what's called an "affinity program". This is an arrangement that the insurance company has with certain acupuncturists to offer their members treatments at a discounted price (usually 20% to 40% discount off regular price).
Do Medicaid and Medicare cover acupuncture?
At this time, Medicaid and Medicare do not provide coverage for acupuncture.
The California MediCal program offers limited coverage when you see an acupuncturist that is a MediCal provider.
Is acupuncture a treatment option after a car accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury in an auto or motor vehicle accident, your or the other parties car insurance will pay for acupuncture treatments.
How do I bill the insurance companies for acupuncture?
While more and more acupuncturists are signing up to become acupuncture providers for insurance companies and handle all the paper work involved in billing, it is common for practitioners to be paid in full and provide patients with the information they will need to file a claim for reimbursement themselves.