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The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that temporarily provides health care and emergency services providers qualified civil immunity and expands access to workers compensation for certain employees who contract COVID-19.
Republican-sponsored H.B. 606, which passed in an 83-9 vote, would provide temporary liability protection for health care providers and emergency services providers during a government-declared disaster from lawsuits over COVID-19 acquisition. The bill also added a rebuttable presumption for workers compensation coverage for certain classes of employees who contract COVID-19. Retail food workers, food processing workers, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical workers and corrections officers are all covered under the presumption.
The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
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