Coming off of an intensely stressful week due to a family medical emergency in FL, my neck and shoulders were screaming at me to get a massage (all is on the up-and-up now, but it was by far the most stressful week of my life – long story!). Lucky for me my awesome hubby bought me a spa gift card for my November birthday and I was saving it for a rainy day. Well the monsoon arrived and I was a mess, so off to Charles Grayson I went and massage therapist, Nicole, saved the day!
While on the massage table, I was doing some Smarty investigating, as I often do throughout my daily routines. I was complaining that it’s a shame insurance companies don’t cover massage therapy in at least your flexible spending part of your benefits plan. To my surprise she said, yes, some plans do cover this. One of my best buds from college is a nurse at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL and wouldn’t you know her plan has been covering massage therapy for years. In fact, she goes every other week for her massage pick-me-up. So you Smarties in the healthcare field or if you know you have the Cadillac insurance plan, you should get reacquainted with your insurance company. Chances are, you may have this BONUS benefit.
So I got on the horn to check out my plan and no dice! Bummer for me, my plan does not cover massage therapy under medical benefits (I can use it towards my flexible spending), however, it does cover acupuncture, S-C-O-R-E! I was informed that there are no in-network acupuncturists within a 25 mile radius of my house. Double score – this means I can go out of network. I just need to work with my acupuncturist to get him/her authorized and voila, I’m in like Flynn!
So for me, I have to pay the initial $200 deductible specific to acupuncture and I can go as many times in a year as I want with a $20 co-pay. I just might try it out. This is a new level of therapy for me. I’ve heard it can be the answer to my skinny bitch prayers and then some! Many of my friends use acupuncture for back pain, sleep issues, headaches, and even fertility. Do you have experience with acupuncture? If so, who do you recommend? Please comment below, I would love your Smarty recommendations!