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Medicare coverage for massage therapy

January 7, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

Original Medicare does not cover massage therapy, but an increasing number of Medicare Advantage plans — known as Part C — offer coverage, depending on certain conditions.

A person enrolled in an Advantage plan that includes massage therapy will get treatment coverage under certain conditions. To qualify, a doctor must order the massage therapy to treat a specific health condition, while a state-licensed therapist must administer the treatment.

This article explores the technique of massage therapy. Next, it provides an overview of Medicare, examining what parts of the program cover the treatment. Then, it looks at other therapies Medicare covers, as well as the associated costs. Lastly, it describes programs that may help with alternative therapy costs.

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