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National health care reform changes mean that starting in 2014, acupuncture for pain management and chiropractic treatments (in some cases) will be required to be covered by all insurers in Maryland. It's part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires that insurers cover certain essential benefits, but leaves the details up of what those benefits are to the states. A panel studied multiple options in order to determine what coverage would balance out affordability and access to services. They had to pick a model from among existing state plans as a benchmark to decide what those essential services would be, and that model was chosen yesterday. Home health care, physical therapy and pediatric dental and vision care are some other services included in the plan. The Baltimore Sun has an extensive article detailing the changes and how the decisions were made - check it out!