Monday, June 27, 2016

Acupuncture, a covered Worker's Compensation Benefit

Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic procedures an East Asian Medicine practitioner (also known as Licensed Acupuncturist) uses when facilitating recovery from injury.  Acupuncture is one of several rehabilitation modalities that speed recovery from injury and help someone return to work more quickly (than not using it).  That is why it is now a commonplace procedure that is covered in worker's compensation laws.

Check your state for its requirements and laws on worker's compensation.  Here is a list of states that cover acupuncture for common workplace injuries under their worker's comp laws or acts (updated March 2016):

States where acupuncture is covered under worker’s comp benefit (29 + D.C.)
Alaska
Florida
Massachusetts
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Arizona
Hawaii
Michigan
New Mexico
Rhode Island
California
Illinois
Minnesota
New York
Virginia
Colorado
Indiana
Missouri
Ohio
Washington DC
Connecticut
Kansas
Nebraska
Oklahoma
West Virginia
Delaware
Maryland
Nevada
Oregon
Wisconsin

As of March 2016, 29 states and D.C. cover acupuncture services for worker's comp claims
A literature survey of state law was done in March 2016.  This survey noted that the above (in chart) states and D.C. cover acupuncture for at least one condition under that state's worker's comp benefit.

Note:  state law varies.  Worker's comp laws can change each legislative session, so check in with your local office for the latest update.

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