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Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order Monday expanding workers compensation for occasional exposure to COVID-19 to first responders and health care workers.
The order suspends current provisions of Arkansas state code that bars compensation for exposure to a disease that is in the general population. First responders and front-line health care workers who test positive for COVID-19 can receive workers compensation under the order, but the order does require them to show a causal connection between their exposure and their work as required by Arkansas law.
The order will automatically expire on the day the state of emergency is terminated.
The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission is slated to implement a workers compensation formulary on Jan. 1, 2018, and recently released the latest draft of the proposed rule that would limit opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply for newly injured workers and overall supply to 90 days.