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Virginia bill would expand cancer presumptions for first responders



A bill to expand the presumption of compensation for multiple types of cancer in certain first responders has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly.

HB 1408, introduced Tuesday, would extend the presumption for certain first responders who have completed five years of service in their position and have been diagnosed with melanoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bladder cancer or thyroid cancer, according to a summary of the measure.

The presumption would not apply to individuals diagnosed with a qualifying cancer before July 1, 2023.

The workers covered by the bill include volunteer and career firefighters, the Division of Hazardous Materials Emergency Services, commercial vehicle law enforcement officers and motor vehicle safety troopers who work for the Virginia State Police, and full-time sworn members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The types of cancer covered by the proposed expansion add to those assumed to be compensable under current law, which are pancreatic, prostate, rectal, throat, ovarian, breast, colon, brain and testicular.


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