It’s Time to Pick Your Workers’ Compensation Provider

A Letter from the Publisher

By Eric Harmon, President, Ohio Business Magazine

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Managed Care Organization Open Enrollment happens every two years like clockwork—except in 2020. As with so many other things, enrolling with an MCO to handle your company’s workers’ compensation claims was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with the lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions comes another year of MCO Open Enrollment. If you recently moved to the state or started your first business, you might not be familiar with Ohio’s system. The state is one of just a handful of states that provide their own state programs for workers’ compensation insurance. MCOs are paid by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to work with companies, but all insurance for workers’ compensation must go through the state.

In this guide, we detail how the system works and where to get help; provide a list of the state’s MCOs and important dates for Open Enrollment; and include some expert advice directly from Ohio MCOs.

With a return to normalcy on the horizon, it’s time to stop putting things on hold. We hope that this guide will help you in doing that with your company’s workers’ compensation insurance.