February 13, 2020

Arizona Senate OKs bill boosting firefighter cancer coverage

The proposal tightens rules enacted in 2017 that said certain cancers were presumed to be caused by workplace exposures.

360 tfd uniforms Firefighting gear hangs in the dock at Tucson Fire Station 3.
AZPM Staff

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has passed a bill designed to boost protections for firefighters and other first responders who are diagnosed with cancers linked to the workplace.

The proposal from Republican Sen. Heather Carter ensures that listed cancers contracted by firefighters are irrefutably covered by workers compensation insurance. The proposal tightens rules enacted in 2017 that said certain cancers were presumed to be caused by workplace exposures.

The bill passed on a 25-4 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.

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