News : Some naturopathic care now covered by insurance

Feb 4, 2013

From the Portsmouth Herald

By Heikki Perry

 EXETER — A new law that took effect Jan. 1, but was already being implemented by three New Hampshire companies, requires insurers to provide coverage for services delivered by naturopathic doctors if those services would be covered when provided by other primary care providers. And that has put patients who qualify for the coverage in a better state of mind.

"Instead of paying an almost $200 bill, I had to pay a $20 co-pay in my last visit. It's amazing. It's a huge change," said Laura E. Mayer, a patient of Dr. Robyn Giard, a naturopathic doctor with a practice named Starry Brook Natural Medicine in Exeter.

Mayer is covered by Tufts Health Plan, which along with Cigna and United Healthcare had started covering patients even before the law officially went into effect. Blue Cross Blue Shield began implementing its coverage on Jan. 1.
 

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