Am I covered by Medicare when I see my chiropractor?

Medicare Part B covers manual manipulation of the spine if medically necessary to correct a subluxation when provided by a chiropractor or other qualified provider. Medicare doesn’t cover other services or tests ordered by a chiropractor, including X-rays, massage therapy, and acupuncture. If you only have Original Medicare, you will have to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount; the Part B deductible also applies.

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage, your deductible, copay, or coinsurance may be different or less depending on the plan you have chosen. Medicare Advantage plans may also offer additional chiropractic services. Please check your Medicare Advantage Summary of Benefits to see if your plan provides this supplemental benefit.

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