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For immediate release: October 3, 2013
BWC distributing final $81.7 million in "Billion Back" rebates
Last round involves 2,000 employers in Group-retrospective Rating program
"Over the course of the summer, we've injected $1 billion into Ohio's economy," said Buehrer. "And, we've already begun hearing stories about the good things happening with that money. We've heard from public employers using their rebates to promote economic development or bolster their safety forces, and we've heard of private employers investing in workplace safety and professional development."
Businesses receiving this latest money are those private employers that participate in Group-retrospective Rating. Under the program, BWC-certified sponsors create groups of employers that focus on practicing workplace safety and claims management to achieve lower premiums than they could as individuals. Employers continue to pay individual premiums, and then receive retrospective premium adjustments based on the combined performance of the group.*
Most of these businesses will receive checks, which are currently scheduled to be mailed Friday, Oct. 4. Those with outstanding BWC balances will have their rebates first applied to satisfying those balances.
The $1 billion rebate is part of a three-part Billion Back plan that also includes changes to BWC's successful Safety Grant Program, including tripling the amount of money available from $5 million to $15 million to support expanded statewide efforts to promote workplace safety and encourage further investment in protecting Ohio's workers. BWC will also now match every employer dollar with three dollars and has established a policy to allow businesses to get additional awards over their lifetime.
"We're excited to talk more about safety," added Buehrer. "The results that are possible when employers commit themselves to accident prevention are significant. The best, and least expensive, claim is the one that never happens."
The final piece of the Billion Back plan includes the modernization of BWC's premium collection model toward a prospective-payment system. The prospective plan, which is likely to begin in early 2015, will result in a $900 million credit to employers to avoid double billing. The switch will likely also result in rate reductions of two percent for private employers and four percent for public employers.
Visit www.bwc.ohio.gov for more information and ongoing updates on the safety and modernized billing aspects of the Billion Back plan.
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*Note that this program differs from the Group-experience Rating program. Eligible employers participating in Group-experience Rating received their rebates earlier this summer.