Childish Insurance Policy

Tuft’s Health Plan in Massachusetts had their policy, disallowing adjusting of children, brought to light last year.  When the ACA pointed out that the American Academy of Pediatric (AAP)’s resolution, on which they were

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basing their policy, didn’t exist they continued the policy this time claiming to base it on research.  The ACA looked into the research cited and found that it was shody, false and some of it didn’t have a single reference to manipulation.  They sent another letter pointing out this little oversight.  Tuft’s still denies being wrong. Their reply was simply:

“Thank you for your letter regarding Tufts Health Plan’s revised coverage policy for spinal manipulation in children. While Tufts Health Plan acknowledges the potential benefits of chiropractic care in adults, our Medical Affairs Medical Policy (MAMP) Committee determined that these services will not be covered for children less than 12 years of age. The MAMP Committee based this decision on a review of the available medical literature. This policy is consistent with that of a high quality competitor health plan in our region.”

So, now it’s not the AAP and it’s ‘not research, it’s everyone else is doing it. See the original Chiropractic Economics article here.  This is only one reason to support your local and national associations.


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