Chiropractors and other ancillary health care providers are breathing a sigh of relief following an about-face by federal regulators with respect to Affordable Care Act’s coverage of their services. The new unified stance by the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Department of the Treasury was spelled out in Part XXVII of its “FAQs about Affordable Care Act implementation.”

At issue is care provided by any state-licensed or state-certified health care provider, including not only MDs but chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, massage therapists, osteopaths, optometrists, nurse practitioners and licensed or direct entry midwives and podiatrists, as long as they are licensed or certified by the state, according to the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

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