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Third-Party Administrators (hereafter “TPA”) are governed by Commission Rule 38. This Rule provides that companies engaging in the handling of workers' compensation claims shall apply to, and be approved by, the Commission to act as a TPA.

A company that desires to be an approved TPA shall make application to the Commission on Form TPA (Third-Party Administrator Application/Registration Form). Such application shall be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee in the amount of one-hundred dollars ($100.00) payable to the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission. A company making application with a desired effective date of August 1 to September 30 shall pay the application fee; however, it may, at the Commission's discretion, have the first annual renewal fee waived.

The Commission will process renewals of the TPA authority annually on September 1. There will be an annual renewal fee of one-hundred dollars ($100.00) to be paid at the time of renewal.

The Commission will issue a Certificate of Authority to each TPA company that has applied to, and been approved by the Commission. The initial certificate shall be valid from the desired effective date of approval to the next September 30. Renewal certificates shall be valid for one year (October 1 to September 30 of the following year).

All TPAs handling workers' compensation claims in Arkansas MUST be registered and approved by the Commission. Under no circumstances will an insurance carrier or self-insured employer be allowed to designate a TPA that has failed to apply and be approved by the Commission.

Additionally, if a TPA fails to renew its authority, the clients of the TPA will be notified that the TPA does not have a valid Certificate of Authority to function as a TPA for workers’ compensation claims. This would require the clients (insurance carriers/self-insured employers) to select a TPA that is approved by the Commission.


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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