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Friday, July 26, 2013

Will Obamacare boost the status of alternative medicine?

Will the advent of the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - force insurers to cover even more squishy (i.e., useless) alternative medicine? Maybe, says Kaiser Health News, an excellent source of objective reporting on the health-care industry:

One clause of the health law in particular -- Section 2706 -- is widely discussed in the alternative medicine community because it requires that insurance companies "shall not discriminate" against any health provider with a state-recognized license. That means a licensed chiropractor treating a patient for back pain, for instance, must be reimbursed the same as medical doctors. In addition, nods to alternative medicine are threaded through other parts of the law in sections on wellness, prevention and research.

The effect is far from certain, because each state's laws will define what is covered more completely. But it's interesting - or alarming, depending on your point of view.

The whole story is here.