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The Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) is dedicated to representing and advocating for responsible, competitive alternatives to traditional workers’ compensation. ARAWC is comprised of leading national, regional and state employers, third party administrators, insurers, brokers, law firms and other workers’ compensation experts dedicated to delivering improved outcomes for injured employees and their families.
The Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) announces the appointment of its new Chief Policy Officer, Jeff Pettegrew.
“As ARAWC has grown and interest has steadily increased in a competitive to traditional workers’ compensation, we felt the need for someone with independent wisdom and experience who can advise from a workers’ comp industry insider’s perspective and engage as a thought leader. We look forward to a robust discussion about the future.”
Jeff Pettegrew, MPA, ARM, is the former Chief Imagination Officer at Insurance Thought Leadership and now board member. Previously, he was the first Executive Director/CEO of the California Self Insured Security Fund (SISF). He was named “Risk Manager of the Year” in 1989 by Business Insurance magazine and was the chairman of the Business Insurance National Workers’ Compensation Disability Management Conference for nine years.
“Having spent my professional life working on regulatory matters, ARAWC presents a timely and fascinating opportunity to increase choices and service for employees and employers. I’m interested in a dialogue surrounding improvement of benefits in the entire system. It’s a privilege to be the Association’s inaugural policy officer,” said Jeff Pettegrew.
ARAWC is dedicated to retaining responsible alternatives to workers’ compensation in Texas and providing employee protection nationwide by:
Providing all employees with immediate response to workplace injury by providing medical, disability and survivor benefits under no fault injury benefit plans.
Advancing Use of Injury Benefit Plan
ADVANCING USE OF INJURY BENEFIT PLAN
Advancing use of injury benefit plans for response to workplace injuries under U.S. Department of Labor ERISA rules and regulations and other applicable state and federal laws.
Providing Education and Advocacy
PROVIDING EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Providing education and advocacy through employer involvement, educating state policymakers and providing strategic resources on the positive benefits of an elective employer option for employees and employers.
Using Fair and Equitable Procedures
USING FAIR AND EQUITABLE PROCEDURES
Using fair and equitable procedures for all dispute resolutions. Any benefit dispute is handled under the Department of Labor-required process separate and apart from any other recourse the employee may have. Court or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for tort (negligence) or other employment claims operates separate and apart from the injury benefit plan dispute protocol.
Improving efficiency by providing each employee with pre-injury communications of injury benefit plan documents and benefit claim handling servicing information.
Ensuring All Parties Are Accountable
ENSURING ALL PARTIES ARE ACCOUNTABLE
All parties are accountable (employer, employee, medical providers, services providers, etc.) to the number one goal of achieving the best medical outcome and returning the employee to full time employment.