Q. My current insurance covers acupuncture at 16 visits/year as well as massage, chiropractic, and naturopaths. What coverage will single-payer provide for these important natural modalities?

Q. My current insurance covers acupuncture at 16 visits/year as well as massage, chiropractic, and naturopaths. What coverage will single-payer provide for these important natural modalities?

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A: Sometimes. The universal healthcare trust created will have to cover at least the coverage required for our states “benchmark health plan” in order to qualify for federal funding.

Here is our state’s current benchmark coverage: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Data-Resources/Downloads/Updated-Washington-Benchmark-Summary.pdf

Additional coverage may be considered essential by our trust based on medical evidence and provider feedback.

Washington state is a leader in natural care modalities, being home of Bastyr University, one of only four naturopathic care universities in the nation. Modalities commonly included in private insurance will be available in the single payer system.

The new universal health trust will carefully evaluate including other natural modalities in the new system, following research demonstrating their efficacy.

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