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06/26/2009

Providers to Serve on BWC’s Labor Management Advisory Council

The OPTA was successful in having an amendment included in House Bill 15, the Bureau of Workers Compensation Biennial Budget Bill, which will allow the Governor, with the Advice and Consent of the Ohio Senate, to appoint a member to the Labor Management Advisory Council who by training and vocation represents a nonprofit association of vocational rehabilitation services providers that deliver services to injured workers.

Two other positions were added in the Ohio Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee which allow that Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the President of the Ohio Senate to each appoint a person who by training and vocation represents nonprofit vocational rehabilitation services providers that deliver services to injured workers.

The appointment by the Governor would allow a person in private practice to be appointed to the Council; the other two appointments would need to be nonprofit providers. The Governor would need to make the appointment within 60 days of the effective date of the bill, which will be July 1, 2009 and the appointment will be for six years.

The purpose of the Council is to advise the BWC’s Board of Directors and the Administrator of Workers' Compensation on the quality and effectiveness of rehabilitation services and make recommendations pertaining to the Bureau's rehabilitation program, including the operation of that program.

OPTA members should express their thanks to the following members of the Conference Committee:


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