COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the Ohio House vote to send Sub. House Bill 27, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, to Governor Kasich’s desk for his signature.

The Ohio Senate added several changes to the bill, which the House concurred upon, including:
• appropriating $6 million in both FY 2018 and FY 2019 to administer a health and safety initiative;
• appropriating $2.5 million in FY 2018 to execute a safety campaign; and
• adding the president or other individual who serves as the controlling person of a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to the list of people who can make certain attestations related to the PEO.

The BWC is the largest workers’ compensation bureau in the country, providing insurance to about two-thirds of Ohio’s workforce. Sub. House Bill 27 provides $581 million in funding ($290.4 million in fiscal FY 2018 and $290.6 million in FY 2019) for workers' compensation insurance coverage for employers and employees across the state and other operations by the bureau.

“Another critical part of our efforts here in the legislature is to ensure that compromise and hard work produce a workable, positive result for the people and businesses of Ohio,” said Rep. Anielski.

Sub. House Bill 27 also prohibits a public employer from requiring employees and applicants to pay for medical examinations that are required by the public employer as a condition of employment and requires the BWC Administrator to both develop and revise standards for maintaining an adequate health care provider network.

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