A bill now being considered by the Ohio House of Representatives would create a legal presumption firefighters with certain cancers became ill as a result of their work.
Senate Bill 27, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), passed the upper chamber 32–1 on April 13. If the bill becomes law, Ohio’s employers will pay the cancer treatment costs of certain firefighters through the state’s workers compensation system instead of health insurance.
Any firefighter who at one point was “assigned to at least three years of hazardous duty as a member of a fire department, and is disabled as a result of any of [numerous] types of cancer, is presumed to have incurred the cancer while performing the member's official duties,” unless “refuted by affirmative evidence to the contrary,” the bill states.
If the presumption the cancer is work-related holds, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) would assume 100 percent of treatment costs and provide generous survivor benefits.
More than 300,000 people are being added to Louisiana’s Medicaid rolls after Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) expanded the program by executive order on his first day as Louisiana’s newly elected governor.
Edwards’ January 12 order opens the state’s Medicaid rolls to 298,000 newly eligible, non-elderly adults whose income falls below 138 percent of the poverty level, according to an analysis from the state’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO). LFO says 224,000 people who currently have private or...
A Wisconsin doctor promises to provide inexpensive, high quality health care 24 hours a day to patients by using a payment model known as direct primary care.
Rather than pay for health care using a third-party health care insurer, direct primary care patients at the Platte Medical Center in Platteville, Wisconsin pay Dr. Brian Sachs a monthly fee in exchange for an agreed-upon package of services.
“The care you receive from a direct primary care physician is far above...