Advocates seek Medicaid coverage of acupuncture therapy for pain, addiction, mental health issues

WISCA Wisconsin Society Of Acupuncturists

Expanding Medicaid benefits to include acupuncture therapy could aid Wisconsin’s fight against the opioid epidemic as well as treat mental health issues and addiction, advocates say.

In Gov. Tony Evers’ latest budget proposal, he recommended expanding Medicaid benefits to include services provided by a certified acupuncturist. It’s estimated to cost nearly $1.3 million in GPR with another $1.9 million in federal funds. Evers also last year declared Oct. 24 Acupuncture Medicine Day.

This provision was not in the guv’s first budget, but similar legislation was introduced in the HOPE Agenda ...

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