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Washington Post Blog Asserts that "as far as chiropractic benefits under Obamacare, it is up to the states to choose."

Posted: December 25, 2013  By: Dr. Patrick Gentempo

In a blog posted by Sarah Kliff on the Washingtonpost.com website, the issue of inclusion of chiropractic, amongst other “alternatives” is discussed relative to it being included as a part of the ‘essential healthcare benefit’. 

Here are some excerpts:"It is among the health-care law’s most important — and most daunting — questions: What health-care benefits are absolutely essential?"

California legislators say acupuncture makes the cut. Michigan regulators would include chiropractic services. Oregon officials would leave both of those benefits on the cutting-room floor. Colorado has deemed pre-vacation visits to travel clinics necessary, while leaving costly fertility treatments out of its preliminary package.

Policy experts expected the Affordable Care Act to establish a basic set of health benefits for the nation, but the Obama administration instead empowered each state to devise its own list. When all Americans are required to purchase health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty, they will find that the plans reflect the social and political priorities of wherever they live.

…Other states have forgone such treatments in favor of ensuring affordable premiums. Oregon looked at benefits for acupuncture, chiropractic services and fertility treatment, areas where there is wide variation among insurance coverage. It heard from advocacy groups making the case for why these services are necessary. In its final package, none made the cut.

… The chiropractors did succeed in having some luck securing a seat on the advisory board weighing Maryland’s essential health benefits. In California, however, they ran into trouble when the legislature passed a benefit package that may have excluded chiropractors from delivering services. [emphasis added]

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