Does the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation need to be reevaluated for part of Governor Kasichs major budget cutting? For many years now, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp has managed to rarely help and equip individuals that have hurt themselves on the job. After interviewing individuals in the Dayton area about their experience with Ohio BWC being frustrating and a corrupt political system, which is “slow to help.” After investigating their past situations I discovered in fact it is true.
For instance, the system is geared, so that when someone hurts themselves on the job or on their employee’s property they are in fact forced to only use workers compensation insurance.This is true do to the fact that private health insurance carries will deny an individual if they hurt themselves on the job or at work. So, this is where the system becomes very complicated and costly to the state, employer and injured worker.
Also, the Ohio BWC makes it incredibly difficult for a person to acquire medical help. In fact, many doctors will try to bypass a person that is on workers compensation, because in some cases it takes an extended amount of time before the doctor or care provider is reimbursed by the Ohio BWC. However, not only does the doctor not get paid within a timely manner, but injured workers find it near possible to pay the remainder of their medical bills that the Ohio BWC did not reimburse the injured worker for. Also, in most cases most injured workers find it impossible or near impossible to pay the medical bills that were not covered by the Ohio BWC. Most of the time the Ohio BWC is slow to help and continuing help that the injured worker in most cases has to go to a BWC hearing just to get more health care that has already been deemed necessary by the injured worker’s doctor.
The 2011 Fiscal Budget for this year was agreed at $284 milion dollars. Instead of the tax payers spending this money on a system that does not function properly the wise alternative of Governor Kasich is to cut the Ohio BWC budget and privatize the Ohio Workers Comp system. There are more and more states that are looking to move in this direction; they include Colorado, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
This is a major area of the Ohio Fiscal Budget that Governor Kasich can afford to cut. By privatizing workmans comp many tax payers will not be forced to pay into the system, and the much needed state tax money could be used for other areas such as public safety, education, medicare, and etc.