Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture


Contact your insurance company to inquire if acupuncture is a covered benefit, or contact my office and I will verify coverage.

  • State and federal insurance plans almost always have acupuncture riders included, and acupuncture is typically covered at 70% to 80%.
  • Many large companies have the option to purchase an acupuncture rider. Contact your company’s human resource department or contact the insurance company directly.
  • Many insurance providers now cover acupuncture. Contact your insurance company to inquire if acupuncture is a covered benefit.
  • Some insurance providers now have a network of acupuncturists, and generally do not offer out-of-network benefits. I do not participate with any of these plans.
  • Several insurance companies in New Jersey now cover acupuncture.
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) automobile accident coverage does cover acupuncture.
  • Workers’ Compensation sometimes covers acupuncture. I do not work with these cases.
  • Medicare now covers acupuncture for low back pain. Medicaid does not cover acupuncture.
  • AARP insurance does not cover acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture is acceptable for most health savings accounts (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA), and is a tax-deductible medical expense.

In my own practice, I generally operate as an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies. This means I have been credentialed and approved to submit claims, only not at the reduced contracted rates offered to in-network providers. There are too many plans to list here. Contact my office to discuss insurance issues.

If a person has a plan that covers acupuncture, I will either bill the insurance company directly or the individual will be given a receipt which they can easily submit for reimbursement directly from the insurance company.

In my practice, no person will be denied treatment due to lack of financial resources. Please contact the office.

Other Considerations Regarding Insurance

  • Most companies in New Jersey have parity laws – that is, they do not discriminate between certified acupuncturists and medical doctors who also practice acupuncture (either they cover acupuncture or they don’t).
  • Many insurance companies advertise acupuncture, but do not really cover it. They outsource a network of discount providers who offer discounts to patients in exchange for referrals from the insurance company. These are generally new practitioners looking to build a practice.
  • Be sure to confirm the details of insurance arrangements prior to starting any treatment. Patients often wind up responsible for large balances when they find out their treatments are not really covered.