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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.

 

 

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What are the advantages in using hypnosis instead of medication for insomnia?

Question:

I’ve never had trouble sleeping in my life until we recently had a major shake-up where I work.  But even though things have pretty much calmed down, I still can’t seem to get more than four hours of sleep a night.  Half my friends say I should try hypnosis while the others say I should just see a doctor but I’m a little uncomfortable taking pills for what may be a long time.

Answer:

The main differences between hypnosis and medication is that hypnosis itself puts you in the state that occurs naturally starting about 30 minutes before you fall asleep.   That alone starts preparing your body for returning to your normal sleep pattern.  Your hypnotherapist will usually make suggestions and give you relaxation techniques that you will use that evening to put yourself back in hypnosis and your brain will start regaining its natural ability to quickly move from hypnosis to regular sleep with all the necessary stages of sleep.

Usually the process takes less than 4-8 sessions, especially if the problem began after something that temporarily changed a person’s routine.  Your case sounds very similar with a break in your your normal pattern and now you’re having difficulty getting back to your natural schedule.  This often occurs frequently after the holidays.

Doctors have to be very careful when prescribing sleep drugs.   No matter what other side-effect(s) they might have, all sleep medications can cause psychological dependence.

The newest type of drug imitates the actions of the brain hormone melatonin which is what normally regulates your sleep/wake cycle.  It may take as long as 10 days to become fully effective.  Side effects rarely occur, but they include the possibility of doing activities while quasi-asleep like driving, eating, and making phone calls at night and having no memory of them in the morning.  Mental changes can occur as well such as agitation, anxiety, nightmares, and other changes in your usual thoughts, mood, or behavior.

Older medications contain selective Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).  GABA receptors work in the brain and affect levels of alertness.  These  are directed specifically at the receptor thought to affect sleep.  Side effects include memory problems and activities like sleep driving and sleepwalking.

Often people will use an over-the-counter allergy medicine.  Most contain diphenhydramine that works on the body’s histamines, which are what create cold and allergy symptoms.  Diphenhydramine also has a sedating effect, hence its use in sleep.  While it is efficacious with mild, infrequent insomnia, all histamines are known for creating morning grogginess.  Other side effects can include difficulty urinating and confusion or delirium.

While hypnosis’ greatest advantage may be that it has no side effects, because hypnosis has returned your brain to his normal sleep/wake cycle, you will continue your normal sleep schedule while, sometimes, stopping a sleep medication means that your sleeping problems may return.