Lawmakers in several states took action on Wednesday against bills that would create a presumption of compensation for key workers acquiring COVID-19.
In the Virginia House of Delegates, lawmakers unanimously passed H.B. 1985, which creates a rebuttable presumption for healthcare professionals who, as part of their employment, are directly involved in the treatment of patients with or suspected of having COVID-19. However, the assumption would not apply to caregivers who were offered and refused a COVID-19 vaccine, unless they could prove from their doctor that the vaccine would have posed a significant risk to their health.
The bill, which will now go to the state Senate for consideration, would have retroactive effect until March 1
In Vermont, the government of Phil Scott signed a law extending the state COVID -19 presumption for important workers. The bill passed the state House and Senate in late January; no personal appeal was registered.
Legislation extends the rebuttable presumption for frontline workers to July 1, 2021.
In North Dakota, lawmakers voted not to implement a COVID-19 rebuttable presumption for key workers. H.B. 1433 failed in a 77-16 vote in the state House of Representatives.
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