Complementary and Alternative Medicine Services and Coverage

Group Health provides options for you to access complementary and alternative care services — acupuncture, naturopathy,  chiropractic, and massage therapy. Coverage varies based on your health plan and benefits.

If your plan does not cover these services, you still have access to the Complementary Choices discount program. The program also includes discounts to certain fitness and exercise trainers, including yoga, tai chi, and Pilates.

Covered Services

Most of our plans cover a limited number of acupuncture, naturopathy, and chiropractic visits without requiring a referral from your personal physician or primary care provider.

Massage therapy services require a referral from your personal physician if he or she determines the services are medically necessary. Your personal physician also may provide referrals to acupuncturists or naturopathic physicians if he or she determines the care is medically necessary.

For services that your health plan covers without requiring a referral, we contract with a network of chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and massage therapists. All of our contracted providers meet both our credentialing standards and state or local licensing requirements.

Use our provider directory to find someone in our contracted network.

Provider Directory

Tips for using the directory:

  • When asked for provider type, choose "Specialty."
  • In the next menu, select the type of specialty — acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, or naturopathy.

Complementary Choices Discount Program

Care Services: When your care doesn't meet Group Health's coverage or referral criteria — or if you've used all your covered visits — Group Health's Complementary Choices program offers a 20 percent discount on services with acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, and naturopathy providers in our contracted network.

To receive your Complementary Choices discount, you must use a provider listed in our Provider Directory. Follow the above tips for using the provider directory.

Provider Directory

Fitness Services: The Complementary Choices program also offers discounts for certain wellness and prevention services that are not covered by our health plans. These include personal fitness and exercise trainers; and yoga, tai chi, and Pilates instructors.

To find a trainer or instructor, go to the Complementary Choices website below and use that directory to find a provider.

If your favorite yoga, tai chi, or Pilates instructor or personal trainer is not in the Complementary Choices directory, you may nominate them for the network. Open the Complementary Choices directory and submit the "Nominate a Practitioner" form at the bottom of any search page.

Complementary Choices

Using Your Discount: When you make an appointment, tell the provider that you are a Group Health member. Show your Group Health ID card at the beginning of your visit and ask for the 20 percent discount.

You don't need paperwork or referrals, and no copayments or coinsurance apply. You are responsible for paying the provider at the time of service.

The program covers office visits, classes, and sessions. There are no limits to the number of visits, classes, or sessions to be eligible for the discount. It does not include laboratory tests, X-rays, or any products the provider may recommend such as herbal or nutritional supplements. The discount does not apply to copayments or coinsurance for covered services.

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