Will my insurance cover Neurofeedback?
Unfortunately, the answer is typically no. Your insurance will not cover Neurofeedback or biofeedback. The reason is that many insurances do not understand Neurofeedback, and despite my attempts to educate them, their medical staff will not examine the research.
However, Beacon Health, The Empire Plan with New York State, is a huge exception. It has remarkable coverage for you and your children. But most other insurances do not cover Neurofeedback. In New York State, for example, CDPHP and MVP will not cover Neurofeedback.
You might encounter a therapist willing to bill Neurofeedback as psychotherapy, but we do not practice this because it’s certainly a borderline ethical practice in my view. The best way to find out whether or not doing this is legitimate is to simply call your insurance company, tell them that you will be doing sessions that involve primarily Neurofeedback or biofeedback, and ask them if it’s covered. If it is, that’s great. If not, you will understand what is typically the case for many of these insurances.
The good news is that in recent years, there’s been a dramatic shift in the field –the capacity to do home training. Most of our clients train at home, often five to seven days a week. In doing so, they’re able to bring down the cost because of not having to use our space and technician. They can schedule it anytime they want more frequently, and thus, outcomes improve. This often makes the issue of insurance less important for many people. While we would like to have insurance cover the treatment, home training is a much more affordable technology to use that can bring about positive changes for kids and adults.
If you have questions, feel free to reach out. I’m happy to set up a consultation to answer them. This is Dr. Randy Cale, and I look forward to hearing from you. Take care.