The House of Representatives in Arizona on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at making it easier for first responders to invoke the assumption that cancer is an occupational disease.
The House voted 51-7 to approve S.B. 1451. The Senate voted 22-8 to approve the bill on February 18, which means the measure can now be presented to the Doug Ducey government.
The bill would eliminate the requirement that firefighters or peacekeepers be exposed to a known carcinogen. reasonably related to the alleged cancer for the assumption to apply.
The bill would also increase the evidentiary standard needed to disprove the presumption of clear and convincing evidence from the consideration of the evidence. Employers would also need to prove that a peace officer or firefighter contracted cancer from a specific cause outside of work to disprove the assumption.
The bill would extend suspected cancer coverage to firefighters as well as firefighters. And it would enable insurers covering firefighters and fire investigators to raise rates by filing a uniform percentage deviation from standard government fees to address estimated losses and cost increases from the presumed claims. he gets it while the legislators are still in session and 1
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