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Changing workers' comp an old battle | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 29 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 2, 2011, titled Changing workers' comp an old battle | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The 4 percent rate cut that Gov. John Kasich proposed last week is just the beginning of changes that his administration will seek in workers'-compensation insurance in Ohio.

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Richard

Lewis Center, OH

#1 May 2, 2011
Workers' Compensation has been the "whipping boy"of politicians of this state for 40 years. Gov. Voinovich railed against it until it became his system. Then he tried to do something to improve it. To really do something takes a constitutional amendment. There was great wisdom in making wc the subject of a constitutional provision. I hate to see that wisdom destroyed by a bunch of goofballs like Kasich and his buddies. I bet one of his supporters before he went to jail was
Tom Noe.
mckeestown

Lancaster, OH

#2 May 2, 2011
Over the years I have worked in several states and the same thing apply in all of them.
If you are injured on the job get a lawyer if you want workman's comp.
former C J

Columbus, OH

#3 May 2, 2011
the worker comp program is a great thing that republican hate

Since: Mar 11

Columbus, OH

#4 May 2, 2011
Maybe we should work on reducing injuries on the job instead of reducing benefit levels for injured employees
mckeestown

Lancaster, OH

#5 May 2, 2011
Mike Goffee wrote:
Maybe we should work on reducing injuries on the job instead of reducing benefit levels for injured employees
Did you ever hear of another state run program called OSHA?
mckeestown

Lancaster, OH

#6 May 2, 2011
A week or so ago there was a news story about BWC having an agency with $900,000.00 budget but no employees. I have been trying to find it again with no luck. Anybody know anything about it?
we we

Bellville, OH

#7 May 2, 2011
Now lets read the story about the prison guards.
ramseyjames

Jackson, OH

#8 May 2, 2011
You can bet that kasich and his cronies will do everthing they can to eliminate any wc benefits for working folks when their slimey minds figure a way to do it! I am wondering if all of you ignorant fools that voted for an idiot like kasich and his republican cronies are looking in the mirror and realizing how stupid you really are!
Interested party

Barberton, OH

#9 May 2, 2011
The only people getting rich on the WC system are the ambulance chasing lawyers who work the system to their advantage. Endless appeals and getting paid whether the client gets paid is where the real money is made.
Only the Facts Please

Columbus, OH

#10 May 2, 2011
Ohio has one of the highest level of workers' comp benefits in the nation. If a change makes sense, do it. Keep the insurance companies out as all they will do is deny every claim they can, then take the profits to their out of state headquarters and pay off their shareholders. Also, WV and other states went private because they had huge deficits in their funds. BWC is operated very good now with Buehrer and has a $5 billion dollar surplus.
Spider

Columbus, OH

#11 May 2, 2011
mckeestown wrote:
A week or so ago there was a news story about BWC having an agency with $900,000.00 budget but no employees. I have been trying to find it again with no luck. Anybody know anything about it?
The agency you are thinking of is the Workers' Compensation Council. It is NOT a BWC agency. The Legislature created it to advise them on the financial and actuarial impact of all proposed workers' compensation legislation.
Independent Voter

Dayton, OH

#12 May 2, 2011
mckeestown wrote:
A week or so ago there was a news story about BWC having an agency with $900,000.00 budget but no employees. I have been trying to find it again with no luck. Anybody know anything about it?
It is not an agency within BWC, but a commission set up by the State Legislature to oversee WC laws. It has been a bust, but the Legislature continues to fund it. It's called the Workers' Compensation Oversight Commission.
Hope

Dublin, OH

#13 May 2, 2011
If you are injured on the job you need an attorney, you can not sue the company in Ohio. You have to work through the Workers Comp system which will take a long time. If you get injured on the job in Ohio it will be the most frustrating event of your life. You will have a BWC hearing that you or your attorney will have to attend for every treatment you get. Some of the treatments that you need will be denied especially if it costs to much money like surgery. Only certain doctors take BWC patients, you may have to drive along way to find a doctor that will treat you.
TaxedEnoughAlrea dy

Dublin, OH

#14 May 2, 2011
I would just eliminate it completely. This is welfare for goldbricks, and it is driving businesses out of Ohio.
BAK

Hilliard, OH

#15 May 2, 2011
I worked in the WC industry (on the employer side)for a number of years, as do other members of my family and many friends. WC is difficult to get if you get injured becuase of the INCREDIBLE amount of fraud out there. You should see the videos of workers with "injured backs" out doing yard work and SKY DIVING, just for example. It sucks for people that are truly injured, but you can thank the low-life cheats for that. You know them, they're the same people that collect unemployment for as long as possible becuase they don't like working.
LinBen61

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 May 2, 2011
Why do we have to have MCO agencies that go between the employer and the BWC. Cut them out and save millions. If you are hurt on the job in the current system the only way you can get benefits is to get a lawyer to fight for you and go through HELL, PAIN and MENTAL TORMENT while everything is drawn out for ever. The only way to get faster results is to loose a limb or vital organ-like maybe your eye and of course death. The way it use to be you didn't need a lawer who takes a 3rd. of any settlement. You dealt directly with BWC. WHY THE MIDDLE MAN? Can't the BWC hire people who are mart enough to handle the task-they use to be? Are you aware that 75% of injured workers give up on their claim because they do not know how the system works, and believe me there is no one to tell you except the Lawyers. Injured workers are between a rock and a hard place.
Independent Voter

Dayton, OH

#17 May 2, 2011
LinBen61 wrote:
Why do we have to have MCO agencies that go between the employer and the BWC. Cut them out and save millions. If you are hurt on the job in the current system the only way you can get benefits is to get a lawyer to fight for you and go through HELL, PAIN and MENTAL TORMENT while everything is drawn out for ever. The only way to get faster results is to loose a limb or vital organ-like maybe your eye and of course death. The way it use to be you didn't need a lawer who takes a 3rd. of any settlement. You dealt directly with BWC. WHY THE MIDDLE MAN? Can't the BWC hire people who are mart enough to handle the task-they use to be? Are you aware that 75% of injured workers give up on their claim because they do not know how the system works, and believe me there is no one to tell you except the Lawyers. Injured workers are between a rock and a hard place.
Here is how it started, "dissatisfaction and the ineffectiveness of the state program led the Ohio legislature to create the MCO program, which began operating in 1997." With the Ohio legislature you sometimes have to be careful what you ask for.
mckeestown

Lancaster, OH

#18 May 2, 2011
LinBen61 wrote:
Why do we have to have MCO agencies that go between the employer and the BWC. Cut them out and save millions. If you are hurt on the job in the current system the only way you can get benefits is to get a lawyer to fight for you and go through HELL, PAIN and MENTAL TORMENT while everything is drawn out for ever. The only way to get faster results is to loose a limb or vital organ-like maybe your eye and of course death. The way it use to be you didn't need a lawer who takes a 3rd. of any settlement. You dealt directly with BWC. WHY THE MIDDLE MAN? Can't the BWC hire people who are mart enough to handle the task-they use to be? Are you aware that 75% of injured workers give up on their claim because they do not know how the system works, and believe me there is no one to tell you except the Lawyers. Injured workers are between a rock and a hard place.
Do you ever get the feeling that Lawyers write the laws so that you have to have a Lawyer to get anywhere. "Leechers are working your everyday rights" after all there are alimited amount of political jobs for lawyers.
Richard

Lewis Center, OH

#19 May 2, 2011
The entity that was reported as having a budget of $900.000 and one empl oyee was the Workers' Compensation Council. It was a creation of the General Assembly and was supported by the now Speaker, Bill Batcholder. You remember it had not spent its budget because three of it employees qoit and sued because the remaining employee who was the supervisor imposed her religious views. Batcholder forgot to eliminate the Council when the lawsuiytwas settled and now needs to explain what happened to the $900,000.

Batcholder used to be one of the smart guys in the GA, noe=w when he is one of Kasich's leadership flunkies, he must chech his brain at the front door.
thg

United States

#20 May 2, 2011
Tim Burga are you crazy. I'm 9 weeks before surgery, Should have been back at work already but your system is crap. I got hurt making 100% ,you pay 72% then 66%, because of you I will go broke.

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