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N.Y. Bills treat covid, opioid injuries and PTSD



Propositions before New York legislators during the 2022 Legislative Session aim to address issues of covid-19 infections in the workplace, post-traumatic stress disorder, and opioid overdoses.

S.B. 1241 and A.B. 6117, which was sent to the respective labor policy committees on Wednesday, would define covid-19 as an occupational disease. "This bill does not create new benefits or improve existing benefits," it said in a statement included in the Senate's action. "It simply prevents insurance companies from denying otherwise valid claims."

Other presumption bills were also sent to committees: both S.B. 4234 and A.B. 4939 would create a presumption that PTSD is compensable for first responders unless the employer with a predominant part of the evidence shows that the condition was caused by risk factors or exposures not associated with employment.

The presumption would apply to police, prison guards, firefighters, emergency medical technicians , ambulance personnel and emergency centers diagnosed with PTSD within three years of the last active date of employment.

At the same time, two other bills ̵

1; SB 6373 and A.B. 2020 – with proposals to allow all workers to receive workers' benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder, was also sent to committees on Wednesday.

Focus on drug overdoses, S.B. 6374 and A.B. 1770 would create a presumption "that the death of an injured worker due to opioid overdose is compensable where the injured worker was prescribed opioids as a result of his or her workplace injury."

A statement included in the bills, which would provide death benefits, says that because some workers overdose on medications prescribed to treat work-related injuries, these deaths are ultimately the result of a reimbursable condition. These bills are now also in committee.

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