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Workers' Comp Bill Would Reduce Some Benefits, Change Agency Name


State lawmakers are considering a new bill to make some big changes at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

Those changes include reducing extended injured worker benefits for retirees.

The bill would also change the name of the agency.

Republican Rep. Mike Henne says the proposal would eliminate red tape for both employers and injured employees.

“It’s about giving them the appropriate care when they are injured,” Henne says. “It’s about getting them back to work, for the employee and the employer and it’s about getting them the appropriate benefits when they can’t return to work.”

Henne says the bill would also change the name of the agency from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to the Office of Employee Safety and Rehabilitation.

“Now I will tell you I’m not married to the name.”

He says the name and some other parts of the bill could change as it goes through the legislative process.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.