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How does the Affordable Care Act help pain treatment?

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If you have chronic pain, the Affordable Care Act requires your health plan to offer certain services and benefits that can help you. For instance, your plan must cover prescription drugs. You will also have better access to pain counseling through your family doctor.

However, remember that grandfathered health plans -- those that have been in effect since before the ACA passed and have not substantially changed -- as well as short-term health plans -- those that provide coverage for less than one year -- are not required to provide the essential health benefits.  

SOURCES:

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Pain Medicine."

Institute of Medicine: "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: "Chronic Disease Management."

Kaiser Family Foundation: "Health Law Boosts Status Of Alternative Medicine -- At Least On Paper."

American Chiropractic Association: "A Blueprint for Relieving Pain."

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: "Acupuncture," "Chiropractic Services."

Community Catalyst and the Center for Health Insurance Studies, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: "Essential Benefit Package."

Bastyr University: "Health Care Law Creates Openings for CAM Fields."

Medicare.gov: "Closing the Coverage Gap - Medicare Prescription Drugs Are Becoming More Affordable."

American Cancer Society: "Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on July 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Pain Medicine."

Institute of Medicine: "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: "Chronic Disease Management."

Kaiser Family Foundation: "Health Law Boosts Status Of Alternative Medicine -- At Least On Paper."

American Chiropractic Association: "A Blueprint for Relieving Pain."

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: "Acupuncture," "Chiropractic Services."

Community Catalyst and the Center for Health Insurance Studies, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: "Essential Benefit Package."

Bastyr University: "Health Care Law Creates Openings for CAM Fields."

Medicare.gov: "Closing the Coverage Gap - Medicare Prescription Drugs Are Becoming More Affordable."

American Cancer Society: "Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on July 22, 2019

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