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Chiropractic, Autism Care May Be Essential Under Obama Law
San Francisco Chronicle

Chiropractic care is covered by an estimated 87 percent of employer-sponsored health plans. Whether it’s necessary for all Americans is a question now shaping the health-care overhaul.

The health law passed in March requires that insurers led by UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. begin covering a package of “essential benefits” in 2014. The law doesn’t say what care should be included, leaving that up to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That, in turn, has spurred a lobbying push by advocacy groups for chiropractic care, autism treatments and dozens of therapies.