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Question: Will insurance policies cover integrative medicine under the Affordable Care Act?
Becki Mendia is 60 years old and lives in her daughter’s colorful, art-filled bungalow in City Heights. She lost a full-time gig with an oil company five years ago and has since worked odd jobs through a temp agency. She hasn’t been able to get back on a comprehensive health plan and hasn’t yet checked into getting covered through Medi-Cal.
Instead, she’s been paying out of pocket at low-cost clinics. But her savior – what she says has kept her in good health in recent years – is home remedies. She has a daily regimen of cinnamon, honey and coconut oil for a cough (she’s a former smoker) and swears by apple cider vinegar for digestive health.
“I’m just so thankful that there are a lot of other people before me that have been doing alternative health care and they’ve posted their (tips on the internet),” Mendia said.