For immediate release: November 20, 2015
BWC addresses coverage gap for Ohio employers doing business in other states
COLUMBUS - A new coverage option approved today by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors will
simplify workers' comp for businesses with employees who work in other states. Workers' comp laws vary by state and the new Other
States' Coverage will help ensure that Ohioans injured on the job will be covered regardless of where they are injured.
"Meeting your workers' compensation obligations when you have employees working across state lines can be confusing," said BWC
Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "This policy offering will bring much-needed clarity for these employers and make it easier for
them to expand across the border and still make sure their employees are protected."
While BWC generally provides coverage for employees working temporarily outside of Ohio, complications can arise when the injured
worker files a claim in another state. Treatment can be delayed and businesses can be subject to penalties by the other state.
By contracting with an insurer licensed in other states, BWC will be able to offer an option that ensures proper coverage
regardless of jurisdiction.
A law enacted last year granted BWC the authority to contract with an insurer to provide this coverage, and the board today approved
the rules governing the optional policy offering designed by BWC. The policy offering is expected to be in place in the first half of 2016.
"The other-states coverage policy approved by the BWC Board of Directors today offers beneficial solutions to a very common issue
faced by many of Ohioâ€™s small employers," said Roger Geiger, Vice President/Executive Director, National Federation of Independent
Business/Ohio. "These programs will provide uniformity and certainty to Ohio employers and injured workers by providing a single,
reliable entity from which to purchase other state's coverage. No matter where the injury may arise, the injured worker will be
able to receive the appropriate medical care."
"PIAA strongly supports the efforts of BWC to implement an other-states' coverage program for Ohio employers," said Carolyn Mangas,
Government Affairs Manager for the Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio. "We are pleased to see the development of
sensible rules related to BWC's other-states' coverage policy offering. We appreciate the bureau's continued commitment to providing
Ohio's businesses and the independent insurance agent community with a solution to the long-standing problem of other states not
recognizing Ohio's workers' compensation coverage."
Employers must have the majority of their business in Ohio to be eligible for the coverage option. Interested employers will apply
directly to BWC, which will determine eligibility and the premium cost for the optional coverage. The vendor will issue a policy
to cover out-of-state exposures and respond to any claims filed out of state.
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