New from the Ohio BWC - Other States Coverage

Date: April 06, 2016

A new coverage option was approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors that 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.

“The other states coverage policy approved by the BWC Board of Directors offers beneficial solutions to a very common issue faced by many of Ohio’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.”

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.

For more information check out: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/employer/services/OtherStatesCoverage.asp

You can also watch a video for further explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6d3i1zf88M&feature=youtu.be

Contact Jared Weiser, Member Benefits Program Manager for NFIB/Ohio, at 614-221-4107 or at jared.weiser@nfib.org.

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