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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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Is acupuncture covered by medical insurance?

Question:
Is acupuncture covered by medical insurance?

Answer:
   Yes, it is. Beginning this year all medical insurance companies in RI offer acupuncture rider. When your company renews insurance contract, please be sure that the rider is included. Coverage differs slightly from one plan to another. The most typical and common acupuncture rider offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Chip of RI. It covers 12 sessions per calendar year. Sessions must be performed by Doctor of Acupuncture (DA), licensed in RI. Your co-pay is only $10 per session. No physician's referral is necessary. There is no limitation for what condition you can be treated by acupuncturist and you are free to choose and change any licensed DA at any time.
   Unfortunately, federal programs like Medicare and Medicate do not cover acupuncture. But there is hope that several years of legislative effort on federal level will improve current regulations and senior citizens will have better access to the benefits acupuncture.
 
 
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