4123.292 Election to obtain other-states' coverage.

(A) Notwithstanding sections 4123.35 and 4123.82 of the Revised Code, an employer may elect to obtain other-states' coverage through an other-states' insurer or, if the administrator of workers' compensation elects to offer such coverage, through the administrator pursuant to division (B) of this section. An employer who elects to obtain other-states' coverage shall submit a written notice to the administrator stating that election on a form prescribed by the administrator and, if the employer elects to obtain that coverage through an other-states' insurer, the name of the other-states' insurer through whom the employer has obtained that coverage. If an employer fails to pay the employer's premium for other-states' coverage, the administrator shall consider the employer to be noncompliant for the purposes of having other-states' coverage and the employer's premiums in this state for any and all noncompliant periods of time shall be calculated in the same manner as otherwise required under division (A) of section 4123.29 and section 4123.34 of the Revised Code, using both the wages reported in this state and the wages that the employer claimed would be reported to the other-states' insurer for securing coverage.

(B) The administrator may offer other-states' coverage to allow an employer who wishes to obtain other-states' coverage pursuant to this section and who elects to secure that coverage through the administrator for workers' compensation claims . If the administrator elects to secure a vehicle through which the administrator will provide other-states' coverage, the administrator shall follow the competitive bidding requirements specified in Chapter 125. of the Revised Code to select one or more other-states' insurers, and the administrator, with the advice and consent of the bureau of workers' compensation board of directors, shall award a contract to provide other-states' coverage for employers located in this state to one or more other-states' insurers that are the lowest and best bidders.

(C)

Notwithstanding sections 4123.35 and 4123.82 of the Revised Code, the administrator may offer limited other-states' coverage to allow an employer who wishes to obtain limited other-states' coverage pursuant to this section. An employer who elects to obtain limited other-states' coverage shall submit a written notice to the administrator stating that election on a form prescribed by the administrator.

If the administrator elects to secure a vehicle through which the administrator will provide limited other-states' coverage, the administrator shall follow the competitive bidding requirements specified in Chapter 125. of the Revised Code to select one or more other-states' insurers and, with the advice and consent of the board, award a contract to provide limited other-states' coverage to the lowest and best bidders.

(D) If the administrator elects to offer other states' coverage or limited other-states' coverage, the administrator, with the advice and consent of the board, shall adopt rules to implement divisions (B) and (C) of this section.

(E)

The board and the individual members thereof, the administrator, and the bureau of workers' compensation shall not incur any obligation or liability if another state determines that the other-states' coverage or limited other-states' coverage provided under this section does not satisfy the requirements specified in that state's workers' compensation law for obtaining workers' compensation coverage in that state.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 493, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Effective Date: 2008 SB334 09-11-2008