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Pa. vol. firefighters lose workers' comp. under new law

The new law was enacted to help firefighters with cancer

By Robert Swift
Citizens Voice

HARRISBURG, Pa. — House lawmakers are grappling with an unintended consequence of a state law enacted to financially help firefighters who become ill with cancer.

They are receiving reports that some insurance companies are dropping workers' compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters as a result of this law, which guarantees benefits to those who meet specific criteria. The House Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a hearing this week on the issue and plans to monitor the situation in the next session.

The law, which got support from a number of lawmakers representing Northeastern Pennsylvania, provides that firefighters can receive workers' compensation if they develop cancer and can establish it was caused by direct exposure to carcinogens at a fire or hazardous material accident. The law establishes a rebuttable presumption that a cancer suffered by a firefighter with the required years of service and exposure is considered work-related.

Full story: Volunteer fire departments lose workers' comp coverage under new state law

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John Abel John Abel Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:46:24 PM The state better step in and step in quickly!
Jeff Watkins Jeff Watkins Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:49:07 PM Thats bullshit !!!!!
Raymond Stackhouse Raymond Stackhouse Friday, November 30, 2012 3:18:47 AM We attended a hearing a few weeks ago in front of the house on this and they slammed the insurance trust for this. We are not losing the benefit, the coverage is just changing from carriers to others.
John Abel John Abel Friday, November 30, 2012 8:20:58 AM Good deal ray I was about to send some guys to break some legs lol

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