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Mo. gov. backs bill to expand first responders’ access to workers’ comp

Gov. Eric Greitens stated his support of the bill that would give first responders access to workers’ comp for illnesses such as cancer and high blood pressure


By FireRescue1 Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The governor of Missouri said he is endorsing a bill that would give first responders access to workers’ comp for illnesses such as cancer and high blood pressure.

Insurance Journal reported that Gov. Eric Greitens visited the St. Louis Fire Academy, where he said lawmakers should make it easier for first responders to receive the benefits they need by approving the bill by Rep. Nick Schroer.

“If, God forbid, there’s a situation where they have to fight cancer, they shouldn’t have to fight bureaucrats to get the care they deserve,” Gov. Greitens said in a Facebook video.

Margie Griffin, whose firefighter husband died of cancer, urged lawmakers to “please, please support this bill.”

Lawmakers will begin their session in January, and officials said the issue will likely gain traction, due to a shift in the Republican party, to support first responder benefit increases.

“If anybody deserves a hard look at figuring out how we can protect them even more, it’s our first responders,” Schroer said.

 
The IAFF is on the ground in St. Louis where General president...

The IAFF is on the ground in St. Louis where General president Schaitberger will be speaking at a press conference with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens as he announces his support of presumptive benefits for IAFF members and other first responders battling occupational diseases.

Posted by International Association of Fire Fighters on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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