Workers' compensation is regulated by the State of Texas and provides medical and loss of income benefits to employees who are injured or contract an occupational illness while performing duties within the course and scope of their employment at the Texas Tech University System. An employee is defined in Section 501.001 of the Texas Labor Code as "a person who is in the service of the state pursuant to an election, appointment, or express oral or written contract of hire and is paid from state funds."
The TTU System and its component institutions do not purchase insurance to cover these benefits. Instead, we self-fund these exposures by placing money on deposit with the State Office of Risk Management (SORM) in Austin.
All claims must be processed through the TTU System Office of Risk Management and in compliance with operating policies, which are featured in the box to the right and below.
Each component is assigned a dedicated contact for the purpose of processing workers’ compensation claims and must adhere to the component specific operating policy. If you are injured on the job contact your supervisor immediately.
UPDATE: Workers' Compensation Health Care Network Information
One of the laws passed by the 79th Legislature was House Bill 7 - Texas Insurance Code Chapter 1305. The purpose of Chapter 1305 is to authorize the use of workers’ compensation health care networks to provide quick, efficient, quality medical care to employees injured at work.
Effective February 1, 2020, the workers’ compensation network for TTUS and components, has been replaced by CareWorks Managed Care Services.
Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, North Texas, San Angelo, San
Employees ARE required to see a network provider and the employer notification package and network acknowledge form are required. Use the link below to access employer information and employee notification packages and the acknowledgement form. Provider search instructions, service area map and FAQ are also available there along with detailed instructions.
The TTU System Office of Risk Management is the health care network contact for the Texas Tech University System Administration, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Heath Sciences Center. We are always glad to answer your questions, or you may contact the SORM at (877) 445-0006 or through their website at www.sorm.state.tx.us.