Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Care?

However, it does not cover all situations. You can find out when it is covered and when you are on your own.

Medicare does not cover chiropractic services.

What chiropractic care is covered by Medicare?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers manual manipulation of the spine by a chiropractor or another qualified provider if it’s medically necessary to correct a subluxation. Subluxation refers to a subluxation in which one or more bones of your spine are out of alignment. You must also have an official diagnosis.

However, Medicare doesn’t cover any other services or tests ordered by a chiropractor, such as X-rays, massage therapy and acupuncture (except for low back pain).

How much will Medicare cover chiropractic care?

Chiropractic services are covered under Medicare Part B, so you’ll pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, plus the Part B deductible, if that applies.

The cost of your specific services will vary depending on the fees charged by the doctor, the facility you use, and other factors.

Is Medicare Advantage covered for chiropractic services?

Medicare Advantage plans — otherwise known as Medicare Part C plans — are required to cover at least as much as Medicare Part A and Part B, so they’ll offer the same coverage as above. You may be eligible for additional coverage and benefits under certain Medicare Advantage plans. Check with your specific plan to confirm.

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