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Medicare weighs adding acupuncture to coverage

Medicare is looking at covering acupuncture treatments as an alternative to addictive opioids for chronic lower back pain.

Former Eli Lilly President and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Fox Business they are exploring all options.

Right now, access is limited to seniors in government-approved clinical studies.

Many medical experts are still skeptical about the benefits of acupuncture, but the National Institutes of Health points to research that shows there has been some pain-management benefits.

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