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Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Services? Skip to content

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Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Services?

En español | Original Medicare pays for only one chiropractic service: manual manipulation of the spine if deemed medically necessary to correct a subluxation (when one or more of the bones in your spine are out of position).

This procedure, when performed by a chiropractor or other qualified provider, is covered through Medicare Part B, the component of original Medicare that includes outpatient services.

Medicare will pay 80 percent of the Medicare-approved rate for this procedure. You will owe 20 percent of the amount. You must also pay your deductible for Part B before Medicare begins to pay its share.

You pay all the costs for other services provided or tests that a chiropractor orders, including acupuncture, massage therapy or X-rays. Medicare will cover the cost of an X-ray a physician orders to demonstrate that a spinal subluxation requires treatment but will not if a chiropractor ordered the X-ray.

Some Medicare Advantage plans offer routine chiropractic services as an additional benefit. Check with your plan provider about what’s available.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 15, 2015. It has been updated with the latest information regarding Medicare coverage in 2020.


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