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Opt-Out Model: Arkansas May Follow Lone Star State


By Angela Underwood

Little Rock, AR ( – Opt-in or opt-out of workers’ compensation is the question Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock) is proposing.

If passed, SB 653 would establish an elective alternative structure to both finance and administer benefits for workers’ compensation claimants separate than what exists now.

What exists now is diluted, according to Esquire Bob Buckalew, out of Little Rock. “The workers’ compensation in Arkansas has been so diluted, I don’t know how you can dilute it anymore,” said the attorney, who has practiced for 38 years.

The notion of the bill is completely unacceptable, according to Fred Bosse, southwest vice president...

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