Q: How does the Affordable Care Act affect the treatment of pain?
A: Thousands of individuals, who previously had none, now have health insurance. Some with previous insurance switched companies during open enrollment. Approximately, 1/3 to 1/2 of the newly insured experience chronic, persisting pain. Unexpectedly, their pain treatments may not be covered by health insurance and some pain medications may become unaffordable. What are some of the options? Low cost pain care is available if you know where to look. Start by visiting your primary care doctor and ask for a full review of your care. Generic medications may be available. Referrals for community acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy may be offered. Exercise, aquatic and fitness centers, community programs and sliding scale options such as Tamarack Wellness Center Aquatic Program may be just the ticket to affordable pain management. Click here for some low cost options.