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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.
Video by John Rosman, KPBS
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Thank you for this post. It is important for the public to understand that some folks will be losing their alternative medicine benefits as a result of Obamacare. I reference your article in my blog about how I have had to adapt my cash prices to help those who will be unable to get care after this is implemented.Obamacare may be taking away your San Clemente Chiropractic coveragehttp://www.trestleschiropractic.com/blog/obamacare-may-be-taking-away-your-san-clemente-chiropractic-coverageIt has been a very difficult time for many physicians over the years as the insurance game has grown more and more restrictive and competitive. However, with the new affordable health care act many had hoped to see an end to the lack of coverage.