Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hypnosis and Health Insurance — saving money and time

Question:

I was talking to a friend and she said she was paying half as much for hypnosis than she did last year because her insurance now covers some of it.  Is that true?

Answer:

Yes, it’s true.  One of the things that’s a real benefit with the Affordable Care Act is its awareness that covering sickness is only half the battle; you have to promote Wellness if you want to reduce disease, increase productivity, and allow people to live happier and longer lives.  Plus, with fewer people ill or suffering, less money is spent on all forms of medicine and therapy not to mention how much money is added to the economy when people make it to work more often in more positive moods.

Before January 2014, some insurance companies would reimburse clients Hypnotherapist for things like smoking cessation, weight loss, etc.  But they didn’t have to unless there was a Wellness Program to sign up for or if a company decided to have one.  However, with the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have to give some level of reimbursement for Wellness.  This includes Hypnotherapy, Massage, and other alternate therapies like Naturopathy.

This is what I’ve been doing for my clients.  So far the usual amount reimbursed is 50%.  

I give my clients a receipt that says:

•The state’s code number for hypnosis (in California it’s 90880).
•A list of the reasons the client is seeing the Hypnotherapist (It should look like “Wellness:  Weight Loss, Sleep Disorder, Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Stress Relief, Agoraphobia, etc.).
•The dates the client saw the Hypnotherapist and how much they paid.

The client should be given two copies, one to send to their insurance company and one to keep.  How much a person will be reimbursed depends on their health insurance company and program.

However, I am not putting myself out as the expert on this.  I’m located in California and I do know how Wellness is covered in the Affordable Care Act here, but I do not know exactly how it works anywhere else.

I would suggest that everyone call their insurance company to find out how the new law is helping them in this and other ways.

Hypnosis has been show to be the shortest-term therapy available and thus saves time and money.  Now, with reimbursement, seeing a Hypnotherapist is more cost-effective than ever.