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Michigan House passes COVID-19 presumption bill


The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for first responders to obtain workers compensation for COVID-19.

H.B. 4822, which passed in a 104-5 vote, would modify state workers compensation law to create a law that would presume that police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who contracted COVID-19 did so in the course and scope of their employment.

To qualify for the presumption, the first responder has to have contracted the virus, verified by a positive COVID-19 test, after March 20, 2021, and before Sept. 1, 2021, or when Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration emergency COVID-19 rules are lifted or expire. 

The bill now goes to the state’s Senate for consideration.

More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.





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