Obamacare covers alternative medicine treatments

This sounds disturbing.

Obamacare to cover acupuncture, alternative medicine.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare,” what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine.

The controversial act specifically mentions complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative healthcare in seven different sections throughout the law. This is thanks in part to the efforts of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), a coalition of major organizations started at the request of legislators in Washington devoted to the promotion of CAM and integrative healthcare in the U.S.

[A] “non-discrimination in healthcare” section, prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against healthcare providers in regard to their participation and coverage in health plans. It was created to encourage full utilization of healthcare providers and reduce the cost of patient care.

The second most notable section focuses on establishing community health teams to support patient-centered medical homes. Included within those teams are doctors of chiropractic, licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.

It’s important that people have access to quality medical coverage when they need it, even if you can’t afford it. But is CAM and chiropractic quality medical coverage? We have previously done stories regarding the U.K. struggling with covering homeopathy. There is no good excuse to pay for care that doesn’t work. Additional info on this would be appreciated.

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  1 comment for “Obamacare covers alternative medicine treatments

  1. RayG
    December 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    This REALLY caught my attention a few months ago when I attended a graduation for the Pacific School of Oriental Medicine. (Don’t ask) ALL of the speakers mentioned working hard to reap the rewards of getting this stuff accepted in Obamacare. They were DROOLING over getting this oogey-boogey accepted so they could be rich.

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