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Intel Blue Cross Arizona Care Network (ACN) and acupuncture 

Intel employees have very good insurance for Complementary Medicine, including Massage Therapy and Acupuncture.

Insurance and Acupuncture

We are often asked about insurance plan coverage for acupuncture, and the answer is never a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We hope to shed some light on the topic and provide a clear explanation of how acupuncture generally works with health insurance.

The most important thing to remember is that acupuncture coverage is specific to your plan.

If you have insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, or Aetna, there is a chance that acupuncture is covered.

If you are not sure of your coverage, we are happy to check for you. All we need is your provider name, your member ID, and your date of birth.

If your plan does cover acupuncture, your out-of-pocket expenses will fall into one of two scenarios:
1. You will owe a designated copay amount, usually between $20 and $40.
2. You will owe an amount dependent on your deductible.

How Blue Cross covers acupuncture

Some Blue Cross health plans cover acupuncture when it is medically necessary and prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe acupuncture to treat:

  • Chronic pain that has lasted at least six months and did not respond to more conservative forms of treatment, like drugs or physical therapy

  • Nausea due to surgery or chemotherapy

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