There is exciting news in the world of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Colorado. The recent Insurance Parity bill will amend a Colorado Statute regarding insurance reimbursement for Acupuncture.
Currently insurance companies that include Acupuncture as a patient benefit are not required to include Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.’s) as qualified medical providers of this service. Therefore, practitioners with far less training in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, such as M.D.’s and chiropractors, may be reimbursed while Acupuncturists are not. The passage of this bill will rectify this disparity and also insure Acupuncturists are paid the same as other practitioners for Acupuncture services.
This bill will only impact Colorado insurance law, therefore Federal government insurance programs will not be affected.
Fort Collins Family Acupuncture is excited about this since we take insurance. Thanks to all of you who made phone calls and wrote letters.
For more about this topic, here is a link that ABC News posted this past week.