This week, the Michigan House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 4171 and HB 4172 that expands cancer-related workers’ compensation coverage to more firefighters. Studies have found a link between the chemicals firefighters are exposed to and an increased risk of cancer. As a former firefighter and a prostate cancer survivor, I have experienced this firsthand. My bill, HB 4172, would expand coverage to volunteer, part-time, paid on-call and former firefighters, in addition to full-time firefighters already eligible for coverage. This bill also adds breast, ovarian and non-HPV cervical cancer to the list of cancers covered by the fund. A companion bill sponsored by Rep. Allor, HB 4171, would expand coverage to forest fire officers and fire crash/rescue officers. Firefighters have a 9% greater chance of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% greater chance of dying from it compared to the general population. I am excited to see these bills pass through the House and move to the Senate
State Reps. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, and Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, today announced $12.9 million for EMS rate increases will be included in the state budget that will be approved by the Legislature on Wednesday.
A group of Macomb County legislators in the Michigan House today called for additional oversight into the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency after the federal government revealed problems in how the agency has served residents.