2020 Arkansas Code
Title 14 - Local Government
Subtitle 2 - County Government
Chapter 26 - Workers' Compensation
§ 14-26-104. Coverage through private carrier or self-funding

Universal Citation: AR Code § 14-26-104 (2020)
  1. (a) Counties may provide workers' compensation coverage either through private carriers or through one (1) or more self-funding groups.

  2. (b) Self-funding groups established for this purpose shall meet the following requirements:

    1. (1) Any self-funding group established to provide coverage to counties only shall offer coverage to any county in the state that applies for coverage;

    2. (2) Any self-funding group established to provide coverage for both municipalities and counties shall offer coverage to any municipality or county in the state desiring to participate;

    3. (3) Any group established to provide workers' compensation coverage to counties or to counties and municipalities shall offer the coverage at rates as established and filed with the Workers' Compensation Commission by the organization establishing the self-funding group, and rates for counties participating in any self-funding group shall be revised annually based on the cost experience of the particular county, group of counties, or group of municipalities and counties;

    4. (4)

      1. (A) Any self-funding group of participating municipalities or counties that is governed by a board of trustees of elected municipal or county officials shall be subject to the rules of the Workers' Compensation Commission applicable to self-insured groups or providers.

      2. (B) However, cities and counties shall not be required to enter into an indemnity agreement binding them jointly and severally.

      3. (C) Each board governing a self-funded group shall be permitted to declare dividends or give credits against renewal premiums based on annual loss experience.

      4. (D) All self-funded groups shall obtain excess reinsurance from an admitted or approved insurance company doing business in Arkansas; and

    5. (5) However, in lieu of the reinsurance requirements in subdivision (b)(4)(D) of this section, any self-funded group under this section with one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) or more in annually collected premiums may provide excess reserves of twenty percent (20%) of annual premiums by any one (1) of the following ways:

      1. (A) Cash or certificates of deposit in Arkansas banks;

      2. (B) Letters of credit from an Arkansas bank; or

      3. (C) The purchase of reinsurance from the NLC Mutual Insurance Company or County Reinsurance, Limited, a national reinsurance facility for county governments.

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