Republican State Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati recently condemned the nation’s largest state-run injured worker insurance program due to a loophole in the legislation that allows illegal aliens to collect benefits, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
Seitz said the he was stunned to learn that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation doesn’t require injured workers to document their status before receiving benefits.
He is planning to introduce a bill to the State Senate to amend the current policy; a change that he believes will lower business premiums.
"We are going to provide a mechanism for those claims to be investigated and if the people turn out to be unauthorized, there will be no coverage," said Seitz, quoted the news source. "We will try to wring costs out of the system," he added.
David Leopold, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, claims that Seitz is conducting a publicity stunt and that there are no statistics to back up his claims.
Dennis Smith, president of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds, told the AP that while workers’ compensation policy differs from state to state, most states allow injured illegal immigrants to receive benefits.
Meanwhile, a separate debate is raging on over illegal aliens’ inclusion in the proposed healthcare bill. In the most recent version, scheduled to be discussed in the Senate in the coming weeks, illegal immigrants would not receive public assistance in purchasing health coverage.