Chiropractic care for the past several years has become one of the most sought after healthcare service all across the US. Many studies suggest that patients suffering from muskuloskeletal disorders can greatly benefit from this healthcare service. However true, it is a fact that there are a few states where chiropractic care is not included in medical coverage in some states, chiropractic care is partially covered.

Here at ChiroCarolina®, we feel that it is time that chiropractic care is to become fully included in medical coverage. This does not only provide great benefits to those who are suffering from muskuloskeletal related disorders, this will also bring down the healthcare costs many of us have to shoulder. The article below clearly defines this.

 

Chiropractic as a Covered Benefit

Almost every state has selected a benchmark plan that includes chiropractic as an essential benefit.

By Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor

Although one of the fundamental principles guiding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to provide affordable insurance for all, the legislation undoubtedly targets the estimated 40-50 million Americans who currently do not have health insurance; and even more specifically, the millions who cannot afford to purchase insurance for themselves and/or their families.

And while patients in all economic brackets often choose to pay for chiropractic care out of pocket, whether by choice or lack of coverage for chiropractic services, it is a relatively safe assumption that patients who cannot afford health insurance also cannot afford chiropractic care.

A fairly dramatic change in those circumstances appears to be taking shape now that states are choosing their respective benchmark health plans to meet the requirements of the act. According to a February 2013 review of proposed state benchmark plans, 45 of 50 states cover chiropractic care as an essential benefit. What’s more, as of press time, many of the plan summaries specify annual visits / dollar caps for chiropractic services.

In reviewing the proposed benchmark plans, one finds that the only five states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit are California (which does cover acupuncture), Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Utah. The District of Columbia’s proposed benchmark plan also does not cover chiropractic as an essential health benefit. Among the states covering chiropractic, many offer specific coverage details / limitations as follows.

(Keep in mind that these coverage specifics represent coverage limits for chiropractic care in dollars or visits per year, but are undoubtedly not available without restriction to plan insureds. As with all insurance benefits, they remain subject to insurer approval and referral requirements as determined by the insurer.)

Alabama: $600 per year

Alaska: 12 visits per year

Arizona: 20 visits per year

Arkansas: 30 visits per year

Connecticut: 20 visits per year

Delaware: 30 visits per year

Florida: 26 visits per year

Georgia: 20 visits per year

Idaho: $800 per year

Illinois: $1,000 per year

Indiana: 12 visits per year

Kentucky: 12 visits per year

Maine: 40 visits per year

Massachusetts: 12 visits per year

Michigan: 30 visits per year

Mississippi: 20 visits per year

Missouri: 26 visits per year

Montana: $600 per year

Nebraska: 20 visits per year

Nevada: 12 visits per year

North Carolina: 30 visits per year

North Dakota: 20 visits per year

Ohio: 12 visits per year

Oklahoma: 25 visits per year

Pennsylvania: 20 visits per year

Rhode Island: 12 visits per year

Tennessee: 20 visits per year

Texas: 35 visits per year

Vermont: 12 visits per year

Virginia: 30 visits per year

Washington: 10 visits per year

Wyoming: 15 visits per year

While 90 percent of states’ proposed benchmark essential benefit plans cover chiropractic care, it is interesting to note that only six (Alaska, California, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington) cover acupuncture, and only one (Arkansas) covers massage therapy.

The benchmark approach to determining essential health benefits, as stipulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, gives states “the flexibility to select a benchmark plan that reflects the scope of services offered by a ‘typical employer plan.’ To that end, states were allowed to select one of the three largest small-group plans in the state by enrollment; one of the three largest state employee health plans by enrollment; one of the three largest federal employee health plans by enrollment; or the largest HMO plan in the state’s commercial market by enrollment. If a state chose not to select one of the above options (nearly half of the states did not), then the state’s default benchmark health plan went into effect: the largest small-group plan by enrollment in the state.

For additional information regarding essential health benefits and how state benchmark health plans help achieve the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, visitwww.healthcare.gov.

 

The article above was written by Peter W. Crownfield and was published here for educational purposes. All Rights are Reserved.

 

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