BWC Postpones MCO Open Enrollment Period to 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced late Friday that because of the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community, it is postponing this year’s enrollment period for employers to select a managed care organization to manage their injury claims.

Offered every two years in the spring, the enrollment period is an opportunity for employers to select a new MCO that may best fit their needs. The official enrollment period, scheduled for April 27 – May 22, will now occur May 3 to May 28, 2021.

“We understand many employers are temporarily closed for business or they’re diverting all available resources to curbing the spread of COVID-19,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud in a statement. “This is one way we can ease their administrative tasks so they can focus on the safety and health of their employees.”

BWC will continue to publish its annual MCO Report Card, which provides employers with objective information on the performance of each of the 11 MCOs that contract with the state, McCloud said.

The 2020 MCO Report Card, along with an MCO Selection Guide, is scheduled to be available by the end of April at BWC.ohio.gov.

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