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APRIL 13, 2017

How to apply for WC benefits for firefighters with cancer
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced its new policy on how it will process applications for presumptive cancer claims for firefighters.  The policy implements a new law (SB 27 – 131rst GA) recognizing cancer as a work-related illness for firefighters.  The law took effect on April 6.

Click here to link to BWC announcement

Click here to link to SB 27 – 131rst GA 

Medicaid liens: a new on-line service launched
HMS, the private contractor managing tort recoveries for the Ohio Department of Medicaid, announced the start of a new service called SOLARIS (Subrogation On-Line Attorney Referral Service).  The new service allows attorneys to create their own cases and directly upload case documentation.  

Click here to link to OAJ’s message on SOLARIS 

Click here to download the SOLARIS User Guide

A medical record is not a medical record unless the hospital says it is
Just-introduced legislation says that a medical record is only that which the hospital designates as a medical record.  The bill would reverse a 2016 Supreme Court decision where the Court held that the statute does not authorize the hospital to limit the medical record to include only those records it sends to its medical-records department.  OAJ opposes the bill, which has not yet been assigned to a House committee.

Click here to link to 2014-1055: Gene'a Griffith, Executrix for the Estate of Howard E. Griffith, Deceased v. Aultman Hospital

Click here to link to HB 172

BWC budget bill remains in House committee
The House Insurance Committee is preparing more changes to HB 27, the BWC biennial budget bill. The bill already contains several positive amendments that OAJ proposed and one negative one that slashes the statute of limitations for physical injuries from two years to one.  OAJ opposes the SOL cut.  The House committee will soon pass HB 27.   

Click here to link to Am Sub HB 27

Scorecard for hearing officers 
The House Finance Committee is considering an amendment to HB 28, the Industrial Commission budget bill, which would require the Commission to maintain a scorecard on hearing officers’ decisions.  The scorecard would categorize those decisions as pro-injured worker or pro-employer.  OAJ is lobbying vigorously for its defeat.  The House committee will soon pass HB 28.

Click here to link to HB 28 

Federal bill to help miners with Black Lung disease
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced legislation to assist sick miners in securing the Black Lung benefits. Right now, many miners have difficulty accessing these benefits. Brown’s bill would help cut the Black Lung claims backlog and prevent the denial of miners’ benefits. 

Click here to link to Sen. Brown’s press release on Black Lung benefits 

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