Bill expands workers’ comp for Vt. firefighters

A bill in Vermont’s Senate would increase benefits for firefighters who can tie cancer to their time in a department.
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 7:42 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont Senate has approved a bill that would increase benefits for firefighters with cancer.

Senate Bill 73 passed would strengthen workers’ compensation coverage for all firefighters by expanding the types of cancer presumed to be a result of on-duty exposures.

The International Association of Firefighters reports 66% of career firefighter deaths from 2002 to 2019 were caused by cancer.

The bill now moves to the House.