Workers’ Compensation: Quicker Access to Prescriptions Coming Soon

Barkan Meizlish , May 18, 2015

Recently, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation adopted a new rule that is meant to help injured workers access medications needed to treat their injuries faster than before. The new rule allows injured workers to get their prescriptions filled while their claim is being processed. This new rule is especially important to those workers’ who do not have access to health insurance, and can not pay for their medication while waiting for their claim to be approved.

So, who pays for the medications if your claim is denied? In cases where the prescription is filled, but the claim is denied, the cost of the medication will be charged to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and not the employer. “This new rule is significant for injured workers in Ohio, especially those who do not have health insurance or are otherwise unable to foot the bill while awaiting claim approval,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer in a statement. This rule is expected to become effective on February 1, 2015.

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