"A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification under applicable State law."
"If the law is implemented as intended NDs in 16 states [where they were then regulated] will immediately be covered by insurance."
"Implemented as intended," Schoenback said,
"suggest[s] that if insurers cover a health condition, they must pay any providers are licensed to treat that condition. If the insurer covers a service provided by medical doctors . . ., for example, it must also cover that service when provided by another legal provider, such as NDs, acupuncturists or chiropractors."
Whether this is what Congress intended or not, fortunately, it hasn't happened. Insurers are still excluding quackery from coverage, for obvious reasons. No health insurer wants to pay for ineffective treatments, which is why companies like Aetna expound at length, for example, on the many forms of chiropractic pseudoscience they will not cover. And it is why CAM providers still badger legislators to force public and private insurers to cover their services, sometimes successfully.
The Massachusetts Legislature (formally known as the "General Court") passed a licensing bill for naturopaths on January 3, 2017. (Orac covered the bill's passing as well.) The bill is now on the Gove...
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