The Texas House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that would make it easier for state nurses to obtain workers' compensation to acquire COVID-19.
H.B. 396, which was approved in a vote of 116-24, would create a rebuttable assumption of compensation for nurses in the state who have been disabled or died of COVID-19 on February 1, 2020 or later. must have been instructed to treat individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or perform tasks that provide them with close contact with patients with the disease and were diagnosed with the virus within 14 days of coming into contact with patients. Nurses who refused or refused to receive prophylactic immunization against the disease would not be eligible for admission unless they were medically excluded from receiving the vaccine.
The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration. If two-thirds of the Senate is approved, the legislation will enter into force immediately. If it passes less than two-thirds and is signed into law by the government of Greg Abbott, the bill will enter into force on September 1