Morning Read – June 28


OHIO RANKS FIFTH BEST STATE FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS – With 85 percent of Americans planning summer getaways, 90 percent of which will be by car, the personal finance website WalletHub followed up on its analysis of Best Gas Credit Cards with a look at 2015’s Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips.

Using 20 key metrics, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states to identify the states that offer frugally minded road travelers the most fun for the least cost. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions.

Ohio as a Road-Trip Destination (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

16th – Number of Attractions

21st – Lowest Price of Three-Star Hotel

25th – Average Gas Prices

18th – Number of Nightlife Options per 100,000 Residents

20th – Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita

21st – Car Thefts per 100,000 Residents

7th – Number of Scenic Byways

20th – Lowest Price of Camping

11th – Driving Laws Rating

8th – Number of Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT THOSE WITH PSORIATIC DISEASE – Runners and walkers in the Columbus area and across Ohio are urged to come out and support those with psoriatic disease and their families by attending the fifth annual TEAM NPF Columbus 5K.

The fifth annual TEAM NPF Columbus 5K will take place at Jeffrey Mansion-165 N. Parkview Avenue-Bexley, OH on Aug. 30. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; event begins at 8:30 a.m.. Registration fee is $30 through Aug. 29 and $35 the day of the event.

This is an important event for those living with psoriatic disease and their families to come together to support one another and raise funds to support finding a cure.

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PROGRAM HELPS THOSE INJURED ON THE JOB – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced a program to reduce delays in the treatment of Ohioans injured on the job. The Enhanced Care Program, developed by BWC in coordination with its partners in the business, labor and medical communities, will give physicians increased flexibility in the treatment of injured workers, returning them to their jobs more quickly and saving employers money in the process. The program will begin July 1, with a pilot in 16 northeast Ohio counties*.

“Ohio’s workers comp system is unquestionably better today than it was five years ago, as evidenced by lower rates, safer workplaces and fewer claims,” said Buehrer. “By improving processes that cause delays, and by better coordinating treatment, our enhanced care program will further improve care in complex claims. These improvements will help injured workers heal better and faster, while ultimately saving employers money.”

The Enhanced Care Program is the result of coordination with business and labor groups that worked closely with BWC over the past year to address solutions for the approximately 15 percent of claims that tend to languish in the system due to broader health issues or delays due to process and paperwork. The program will initially target reducing obstacles that either delay or fragment care to injured workers who sustain a knee injury at work and live in one of the 16 pilot counties. Northeast Ohio was selected due to the number of high-quality health-care providers and systems in the area.

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