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Check this 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.


December 1, 2017

The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission announces the adoption of Rule 099.41, a drug formulary which regulates all outpatient medications prescribed as a result of work-related injuries. The rule adopts a formulary already in use for state government employees who are injured on the job, with additional provisions for opioid prescriptions based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rule applies to new injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2018. The final rule as adopted may be viewed in its entirety at the link below.

Rule 099.41 Arkansas Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary

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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.

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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,, 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, or by fax to 501-682-2786.

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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 Awareness Week.

Click on the link to view the text of the proclamation: 2016 Kids' Chance Awareness Week Proclamation

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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.

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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.

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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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