Car & Bike Accidents

Insurance 101: Coverage Explained


At Inner Gate Acupuncture, we recognize you work hard for your insurance coverage and so we want to do everything we can to help you utilize these valuable benefits.

We take all major medical plans, including but not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • CHP
  • Cigna
  • Healthnet
  • Kaiser
  • Lifewise
  • Mode
  • Oregon Health Co-op
  • Pacificsource
  • Providence
  • UMR
  • UHC

We know insurance benefits can be a tricky thing to navigate. One company often has numerous plans, some that cover acupuncture and others that do not. For this reason, we are happy to verify your benefits prior to you initial visit so you know exactly what your financial responsibility is. We can deal with the insurance company directly so you can focus on your health.

Worker Compensation:

If you have a work-related injury, you can ask your AP (attending physician) about using acupuncture to recover. Our clinicians are on the following worker comp boards:

  • Caremark
  • Saif

Your AP oversees all the medical care that you receive. If your AP thinks acupuncture could be useful for you, then they write a prescription for it. You can have them fax that prescription to our office or bring it over yourself. We will then send that prescription, along with other paperwork, to your adjustor asking for approval. Once approved, you are allowed to seek care at our clinic

Motor Vehicle Accident:

Oregon law mandates that all drivers carry $15,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP).  This money has been allocated so that people will be proactive and address car-accident-related injuries immediately, preventing injuries from become chronic and more expensive to address. This money is available for any medical care that you are interested in receiving, including acupuncture.

Here are some things to know about PIP:

  • You must open a medical claim with your insurance company. They will give you a claim number that you provide to any doctors office where you receive care.
  • You pay nothing out of pocket for medical care.
  • You do not need a doctors referral to get acupuncture.
  • You have one year from the date of the accident to get care.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at 503-284-6996.

8 Ways Inner Gate Acupuncture Can Help You Recover From An Auto Accident

Recover From An Auto Accident
  • Reduce your pain

  • Speed up your recovery

  • Prevent re-injury

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Re-establish stability and strength in damaged joints and tendons

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Manage your insurance billing

  • Provide a strong referral network that includes chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths and lawyers

  • Offer Saturday and evening appointments to accommodate your busy schedule

Bike Commuting for Health


Biking is good for our bodies, good for the environment and continues to get safer as advances in helmets and safe bike routes increase.

Here is a list of 20 reasons to bike commute.

Bicycle has virtually no carbon footprint.

Bicycles increase your ability to move around town quickly and efficiently.

Bicycles help maintain mobility for some people with back problems and other mobility issues.

Bicycling can be faster than walking, transit or motor vehicles.

Bicycling is good for cardiovascular health

Bicycling is a great way to unwind after busy work days, and improves mental health.

Bicycling is less expensive than driving a car.

Regular cycling promotes good muscle tone, bone mass improvement, clearer skin.

Regular bicycling helps with with weight management.

Regular cycling can lead to lower health care expenses.


Bike commuting increases awareness of your neighborhood.

Your commute will change from being a bad part of your day to a nice part of your day.

Bike commuting is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.

Cycling improves your self-esteem.

Bicycling is healthy activity you can do for many years.

Cycling is low impact on the body.

Bicyclists don't need to pay attention to highway traffic jam reports.

Easier and cheaper parking.

Bicycles emit few poisonous gases. A four mile bicycle trip keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe.

Bikes don't drip brake fluid, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, or brake dust reducing water pollution.