Self-Insurer Rules Amended
The BWC amended the following rules relating to self-insured employers, effective December 17, 2001: O.A.C. 4123-19-03, 4123-19-05, 4123-19-06, 4123-19-08, 4123-19-09, 4123-19-10, 4123-19-11, 4123-19-13, 4123-19-14, and 4123-19-15. See highlights of changes to O.A.C. 4123-19-03 and 4123-19-06 below.
Changes to this rule require:
- all self-insurers to report paid compensation electronically via the BWC web site [J];
- employer notification to the injured worker, where it contests a matter, that they have a right to request a hearing before the Industrial Commission [(K)(5)];
- on written request by claimant or representative, the employer is to make available for review all the employer’s records pertaining to the claim within 72 hours [(K)(9)] (this rule previously applied only to medical records);
- employer is to notify claimant and BWC within thirty days on what conditions it allows or denies. This time frame also applies to medical-only claims. [(K)(10)].
Grounds for revocation include:
- failure to submit reports to injured worker required by law or rule [(A)(1)];
- failure to pay claimant’s travel expenses in thirty days [(A)(2)];
- continued failure to respond to a request for change of doctor, approval of medical treatment unless contested [(A)(6)].