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WHO IS ARAWC

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.

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ARAWC is dedicated to retaining responsible alternatives to workers’ compensation in Texas and providing employee protection nationwide by:

Immediate Response

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

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

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY

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.