page regularly for the latest news and updates from the Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission. Press releases, rules and advisory
changes, and updated services are just a few of the items that
will be presented on this page.
Notice: The September 1, 2017, implementation of Rule 099.41, Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary, has been extended to July 1, 2018, pending Legislative Review.
November 8, 2017
On May 23, 2017, a public hearing was held regarding Proposed Rule 099.41, Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary. Oral and written comments were received during the hearing. After the public comment period, revisions were made to the proposed rule.
The revised rule as modified may be viewed in its entirety at the link below. Also provided is a copy of the original version of the proposed rule with the revised changes.
Revised Proposed Rule 099.41
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Revised Proposed Rule 099.41 - tracked changes
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October 18, 2017
The Commission issues an update to Advisory 2000-1 Revised that announces that the maximum rates for 2018 will be $673 for Total Disability and $505 for Permanent Partial Disability.
The Commission also issues an update to Advisory 2007-1 Revised that announces that the threshold at which the Death and Permanent Total Disability Trust Fund will assume payments of benefits for injuries resulting in permanent disability or death will be $218,725 for 2018.
May 1, 2017
Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission
Notice of Public Hearing and Rule Making
Pursuant to the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Law codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 11-9-101 et
seq., notice is hereby given that the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission
(Commission) is proposing to create a new rule, Rule 099.41, Arkansas Workers’ Compensation
Drug Formulary. This rule is a drug formulary for all FDA approved drugs prescribed for an
accepted new workers’ compensation claim filed after September 1, 2017. This rule establishes
a process for filling workers’ compensation prescriptions, reviewing and prescribing Opioid
medications, and implements a dispute resolution process between a provider and the
reviewing pharmacists or PBM, a process for appealing to the AWCC, a process for rule review
and establishes the effective date of implementation. The proposed rule may be viewed in its
entirety on the Commission’s website, www.awcc.state.ar.us, or at the Commission’s offices in
Little Rock (complete address shown below).
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 beginning at 1:00 P.M. in hearing room
1W06, on the first floor of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality building, 5301
Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Oral and written comments will be considered
at the hearing.
Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 11-9-205, the Commission allows 45 days for written public
comment through 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Written comments may be submitted
by postal mail to the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, P.O. Box 950, 4th & Spring
Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950, by e-mail to
email@example.com, or by fax to 501-682-2786.
October 3, 2016
A catastrophic injury or death results in the loss of at least
one-third of the worker’s average weekly wage. This often leaves little
or no money to assist the children of the worker in furthering their education
beyond high school. Kids’ Chance of Arkansas has joined with Kids’ Chance
of America and other similar states organizations to increase awareness of this
dilemma. Kids’ Chance of Arkansas was fortunate to receive a
Governor’s Proclamation declaring November 14 to 18, 2016, Kids’ Chance
Click on the link to view the text of the proclamation: 2016 Kids' Chance Awareness Week Proclamation
December 17, 2012
The Commission announces the issuance of Advisory 2012-1. This advisory authorizes the issuance of debit cards and other card payment systems for indemnity payments to injured employees, subject to certain restrictions.
November 20, 2012
The Commission’s Operations and Compliance Division announces changes in required data for Form 2, effective January 1, 2013. Click here to view the announcement.
April 25, 2011
The Commission announces the issuance of Advisory 2011-1. This Advisory addresses questions regarding updates to previously filed Form AR-4's regarding the completion of the AR-4 to report additional monies paid (or recovered).
Due to the various forms being processed by various divisions within the Commission, the Advisory also provides a link to the people designated to answer questions regarding a specific form.
State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131
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