Ohio Legislature Passes Firefighter Cancer Bill

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A bill that could provide more benefits for firefighters who get cancer as a presumed result of their work is headed to Gov. Kasich’s desk for signature.

The measure addresses how causes of such cancer are viewed when it comes to getting benefits through workers’ compensation and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. Under the bill, when firefighters develop cancer under certain circumstances, it would be presumed to be a result of their occupation. That could help them access more benefits.

The bill’s sponsor has said about three dozen states recognize such a presumption.

Supporters say firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and chemicals and should get the support they need if that exposure leads to cancer.