As we all know, Acupuncture can be expensive. Unfortunately most insurance do not cover acupuncture in New York City, but it is still possible. Most companies, like United Health care and Aetna do have out of network coverage for acupuncture, but they are hard to come by. Insurance plans with out of network coverage for acupuncture usually come from businesses with an expensive health care plan for their employees,
Fortunately most insurance plans cover acupuncture in-network. The choices for in-network acupuncture practitioners are sparse because the reimbursement is very low and most acupuncturist can not make a living on such low rates.
As an alternative to insurance, I offer to treat low income patients on a sliding scale of $40-$80 per visit. The sliding scale model is used to help low-income patients receive the therapy they need. To qualify for sliding scale payments in my office I ask the patients to bring in a copy of their W-2 or pay stub. Patients paying on a sliding scale still receive the same treatment as any other patient paying normal office visit price. My goal is to offer fair and affordable healthcare for whoever may need it.
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Wilton Valerio MSTOM, L.Ac