Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, for worker’s compensation claims appear to be rising. Every state is different, and Kentucky allows treatment that is reasonably necessary for the “cure and relief” of an injury, KRS. 342 020(1). The statute reads:
In addition to all other compensation provided in this chapter, the employer shall pay for the cure and relief from the effects of an injury or occupational disease the medical, surgical, and hospital treatment, including nursing, medical, and surgical supplies and appliances, as may reasonably be required at the time of the injury and thereafter during disability, or as may be required for the cure and treatment of an occupational disease.
So, if an alternative treatment is reasonably necessary for the cure and relief of injury, the carrier should pay for it. Here is the article: