Aetna is increasing access and benefits for their plans in 2022 and has published the following.

Aetna ® will add acupuncture as a standard benefit in new and renewing commercial health plans in 2022 as part of our goal to increase access to complementary health treatments. Providing this coverage gives you and our members more treatment options for chronic pain relief.

Medical literature supports acupuncture as a treatment option

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce chronic pain, such as low-back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis (knee) pain.1 It may also help reduce tension headaches and prevent migraines.1

The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians both endorse acupuncture as a nondrug approach for patients who have chronic low-back pain who do not respond to self-care.1

More information

This new coverage is based on Aetna Clinical Policy Bulletin 135.

1National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Acupuncture: in depth. January 2016. Accessed October 7, 2021.


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