Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pa. Firefighters & Workers Compensation Cancer Benefits

A state House bill that would fund cancer treatment for firefighters is raising concerns for some local officials.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1231 a.k.a. the cancer presumption bill would require municipalities to provide firefighters with workers' compensation coverage if they contracted cancer in the line of duty.

While everyone thinks it's the right thing to do, nobody wants to fund it because nobody knows what the costs will be.

The amended bill gives firefighters six years after the last date of active duty to file a cancer presumption claim. The original bill, passed by the House, had no time limits for filing claims.

33 other states have similar bills.