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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday announced an executive order is “forthcoming” for workers who presumably contracted COVID-19 on the job, joining a number of states that now have in place such workers compensation protections for essential workers.
Gov. Lamont on Friday issued a statement saying the state “owes a debt to the health care professionals, grocery store clerks, and other essential workers who stood at their posts during the darkest days of this pandemic.
“We can pay a part of that debt by providing workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job during those days with a timely, straightforward opportunity to claim any benefits they are due through the workers’ compensation system.”
The statement coincided with a hearing Friday with the joint Insurance and Labor committees on the issue of expanding workers compensation coverage to employees who have been hurt on the job by COVID-19 infections. Several workers testified.
Several lawmakers at that hearing called on Gov. Lamont to act.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
California’s rebuttable presumption for COVID-19 acquisition for 16 categories of essential workers may likely cost the state $1 billion, but far less than earlier projections, according to a presentation of the California Workers Compensation Insurance Ratings Bureau’s actuarial committee on Tuesday.