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Firefighter workers comp presumption bill advances, PTSD off table



A comprehensive bill that would provide workers compensation coverage under the presumption of Montana firefighters with cancer and other benefits is headed to the State House of Representatives for vote, after a Senate legislative committee took presumption of post-traumatic stress disorder off the table in February.

The Senate on Feb. 13 passed the version of S.B. 160 that crossed out language that would have cleared the red tape for current and retired firefighters diagnosed with PTSD – language included in the first version introduced Jan. 22. The House Business and Labor Committee approved that version Wednesday, according to updates posted on the Montana Legislature's website

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2 conditions, including 11 cancers and heart blockages, and provides guidelines and exclusions for eligibility for several of them . For example, a firefighter with cancer is only covered if the firefighter has worked for more than five years, is under the age of 40 and is not genetically predisposed for the cancer.

The measure has not been placed on the calendar for vote.


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