(A) The bureau of workers' compensation shall operate a long-term care loan fund program. The administrator of workers' compensation may adopt rules, employ personnel, and do all things necessary for that purpose.
(B) The administrator shall use the long-term care loan fund program to make loans without interest to employers that are nursing homes or hospitals for the purpose of allowing those employers to purchase, improve, install, or erect sit-to-stand floor lifts, ceiling lifts, other lifts, and fast electric beds, and to pay for the education and training of personnel, in order to implement a facility policy of no manual lifting of residents by employees.
The administrator, with the advice and consent of the bureau of workers' compensation board of directors, may adopt rules establishing criteria for loan eligibility, maximum loan amounts, loan periods, default penalties, and any other terms the administrator considers necessary for a loan.
(C) There is hereby created in the state treasury the long-term care loan fund. The fund shall consist of money the administrator, with the advice and consent of the board, requests the director of budget and management to transfer from the safety and hygiene fund created in section 4121.37 of the Revised Code. The fund shall be used solely for purposes identified in this section. All investment earnings of the fund shall be credited to the fund. All money the administrator receives for payment of a default penalty assessed or for repayment of any loan made pursuant to this section shall be credited to the safety and hygiene fund created under section 4121.37 of the Revised Code.
(D) As used in this section:
(1) "Hospital" has the same meaning as in section 3701.01 of the Revised Code;
(2) "Nursing home" has the same meaning as in section 3721.01 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 06-21-2005; 2007 HB100 09-10-2007