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Maine increases coverage for chiropractic treatment

June 30, 2018 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Medicaid program will start covering chiropractic exams under a new law.

The law will cost about $67,000 from Maine’s general fund and $122,000 in federal funds.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed the bill into law on June 25.

MaineCare will begin reimbursing chiropractic evaluation and management examinations performed by a licensed chiropractic doctor.

The Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers last year that state law only covered services to correct a dislocation of the vertebrae.

The Maine Chiropractic Association’s representative John Royce told lawmakers that meant doctors would refer patients out of their office to other providers and that patients living with chronic pain seek drug-free options.