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Fla. firefighters push for cancer-related worker’s comp bill

Crews are pushing for a revised version of a bill, which limits eligibility to cancer-stricken firefighters living tobacco-free for five years prior to diagnosis


By FireRescue1 Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state of Florida is one of the few states that has no laws providing firefighters with cancer worker’s compensation benefits. 

A bill that would provide coverage for firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers was killed last year. This year, firefighters are pushing for a revised version of the bill, which limits eligibility to cancer-stricken firefighters living tobacco-free for five years prior to diagnosis, reported ABC Action News

“Getting time off to get treatment and not worrying about getting a paycheck is very important.” Jim Tolley, president of the Florida Professional Firefighters Association, said. 

It would only benefit firefighters diagnosed with multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer or testicular cancer. 

For firefighters like Kathy Babcock, who has breast cancer, she would be ineligible for coverage. However, she still supports the legislation. 

“You don’t work, you don’t get a paycheck, we weren’t prepared for that. I know they need this,” Babcock told the publication

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