Massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care – the three big alternative therapies. If Chanda Hinton Leichtle has anything to do with it, they will soon be covered by Medicaid. She’s on a mission to change what Medicaid covers in regards to alternative therapy.

The reason Chanda cares so much about alternative therapies is simple: They saved her life. As a C5-6 quadriplegic (injured when she was nine years old from a gunshot), she suffered from massive chronic pain which began two rear its ugly head when she turned 21. After losing a lot of weight because of being on so many narcotics to manage the pain (which weren’t working by the way), she finally discovered acupuncture, which was the only thing that really helped her.

Before her mission to change Medicaid, Chanda founded The Chanda Plan Foundation, her nonprofit organization that helps 20 people with spinal cord injuries each year pay for alternative therapies. This was a nonprofit she founded after discovering ho