(A) The administrator of workers' compensation shall pay the expense of providing rehabilitation services, counseling, training, and living maintenance payments from the surplus fund established by section 4123.34 of the Revised Code.
(B) Living maintenance payments are not subject to garnishment, levy, or attachment.
(D) A self-insuring employer under section 4123.35 of the Revised Code may elect to pay directly to a claimant or to the provider of the rehabilitation services, counseling, or training the expenses listed in division (A) of this section by filing an application with the bureau of workers' compensation not more than one hundred eighty days and not less than ninety days prior to the first day of the employer's next six-month coverage period. If the self-insuring employer timely files the application, the application is effective on the first day of the employer's next six-month coverage period, provided that the administrator shall compute the employer's assessment for the surplus fund due with respect to the period during which such application was filed without regard to the filing of the application. Following the timely filing, the self-insuring employer shall pay directly to a claimant or to the provider of the rehabilitation services, counseling, or training the expenses listed in division (A) of this section for all periods of rehabilitation occurring on or after the effective date of his election, regardless of the date of the injury or occupational disease, and he shall receive no money or credits from the surplus fund on account of such payments and shall not be required to pay any amounts into the surplus fund on account of this section, provided that for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days after the effective date of the application, the self-insuring employer may submit to the bureau requests for reimbursement from the surplus fund on account of payments made for services rendered or living maintenance periods prior to the effective date of the application pursuant to division (A) of this section. The election made under this division is irrevocable.
Effective Date: 10-20-1993