September 10, 2013
Wellness grants available
Employers: Want to improve the health and wellness of your workers? The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Comp is launching a Wellness Grant Program to help. With the Wellness Grant Program, employers can petition for grants to help establish training and programs that reduce health risk factors specific to their employees. Participating employers may receive $300 per participating employee over a four-year period, up to a maximum amount of $15,000 per policy.
Employers must use wellness grant funds to compensate the external wellness program vendor for providing HRA biometric screenings and subsequent activities designed to address the results of the screening and assessment. These activities include, but are not limited to, weight loss management programs, weight loss challenges, exercise classes, educational seminars on improving health, physical fitness activities, and nutritional counseling to benefit the participating employees.
Below is a list of eligibility requirements to receive a workplace wellness grant.
- Be a state-fund employer
- Be current on monies owed to BWC - not more than 45 days past due
- Maintain active coverage - not more than 40 days lapsed in the prior 12 months
- Do not have a wellness program
Note: Professional employer organizations (PEOs) are eligible to apply for the wellness grant under their own policy number. They can only use the grants for operations owned or operated by them and not for any client employer. State-fund employers who are in a PEO/client relationship are eligible to apply for a workplace wellness grant. Client employers must apply under their own BWC policy number and will be responsible for obtaining all claims data from their PEO as required for participation in the Wellness Grant Program.
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