Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Care?

It does, but only in some situations. Find out when it's covered and when you're on your own.
Kate AshfordApr 20, 2021

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Medicare covers chiropractic services, but only under certain circumstances, and Medicare doesn’t cover some services and tests a chiropractor orders.

(Medical Insurance) covers manual manipulation of the spine by a chiropractor or another qualified provider if it’s medically necessary to correct a subluxation. A subluxation is when one or more of the bones in your spine has moved out of alignment. (And you must have an official diagnosis.)

However, doesn’t cover any other services or tests ordered by a chiropractor, such as X-rays, massage therapy and acupuncture (except for low back pain).

Chiropractic services are covered under Medicare Part B, so you’ll pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, plus , if that applies.

Your specific costs will depend on how much the doctor charges, the type of facility and where you get the services, among other things.

— otherwise known as Medicare Part C plans — are required to cover at least as much as and Part B, so they’ll offer the same coverage as above. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer additional benefits and coverage, so check with the specific plan to see if they cover other chiropractic services.

Do you have questions about your Medicare coverage? Visit Medicare at or call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227, TTY: 877-486-2048).

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