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2018 MCO Open Enrollment

April 30 to May 25, 2018

The 2018 MCO open enrollment period begins at 7:30 a.m., April 30 and ends at 5:30 p.m., May 25.

Open enrollment gives all state-fund employers an opportunity to choose a managed care organization (MCO) to help manage the medical portion of their workers’ compensation claims. A strong MCO-employer partnership also helps injured workers receive the treatment they need to get back to work as safely and quickly as possible.

Choosing an MCO that meets the needs of your business and your workers is an important decision. To help you make your choice, we have created the MCO Selection Guide and MCO Report Card. Take time to connect with your MCO.

The guide provides instructions. The report card provides MCO performance information intended to help you with the selection process. These measures include quality medical-management statistics we use to evaluate the return-to-work services and quality of medical management the MCOs provide to injured workers.

If you are satisfied with your MCO, you do not need to do anything. However, if you decide to select a new MCO, you can enroll here. If you change your MCO during open enrollment, the new MCO will begin managing the medical portion of your claims July 2, 2018.

OHIO BWC REBATE PROGRAM

The Ohio BWC is proposing a one time rebate of approximately $1 billion to private and public employers. Most rebates would equal 85% of the employer’s premium for the policy year ending June 30, 2017 (calendar year 2016 for public employers). BWC would begin sending checks in early July.

For more details on the program, click here for an informational flyer.

Better You, Better Ohio!™

The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio is its workforce. At BWC, we take our mission to take care of Ohio’s workforce seriously.

That’s why we’re offering Better You, Better Ohio!™ – a program designed to provide health and wellness resources and services to workers who work for small employers (50 or fewer workers) in high-risk industries*. Better You, Better Ohio! is designed to help both, workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple, paperless process.

Ready to start your journey to better health and enroll in the program? Visit the Better You, Better Ohio! enrollment page to request enrollment or sign up.

How it helps employers

Employers can reap great benefits from having a healthy workforce. Healthy employees are less prone to injury. And, when they are injured, their ability to recover is enhanced greatly. Overall, employers with a healthy workforce have lower workers’ compensation and health-care costs. Better You, Better Ohio! can:

  • Help prevent injuries through improved workforce health and safety;
  • Reduce absenteeism and improve presenteeism;
  • Reduce the severity of an injury;
  • Improve the recovery time from an injury;
  • Reduce time away from work due to an injury.

How it helps Ohio’s workforce

Better You, Better Ohio! gives workers a wealth of resources to help them take ownership of their health and well-being. They can proactively pursue a healthier lifestyle through free:

  • Health and wellness awareness, education and training;
  • Health assessments and biometric screenings for better understanding of their health and well-being;
  • A member engagement website that allows them to develop health plans and track their progress to achieve their health goals;
  • A state-of-the art mobile app for creating weekly action plans and getting health tips;
  • Digital coaching to help them on their journey to better health.

Better health pays off

Employers can use Better You, Better Ohio! to help manage and reduce their workers’ compensation and health-care costs by having a healthier workforce. Meanwhile, workers can earn financial rewards for taking steps to improve their health and wellness such as completing a health assessment and a biometric screening.

Have questions about the program? Send them to our Better You, Better Ohio! email box. We’re here to help make Ohio’s workforce healthy and safe.

*Agriculture; automotive repair and service; construction; firefighters; health care; manufacturing; police and public safety; public employers; restaurant and food service; transportation and trucking; trash collection; wholesale and retail.