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A bill introduced Thursday in the Illinois Senate would amend the state’s current Workers Compensation Act to begin compensation almost immediately for seriously injured volunteer, paid-on-call or part-time firefighters, emergency medical technicians or paramedics.
S.B. 1219, introduced by Illinois state Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Moline, would amend the current law to allow for coverage of total temporary incapacity to commence the day after the accident for volunteer, paid-on-call or part-time first responders if their incapacity lasts 14 days or more. If passed, the legislation would take effect immediately.
The bill has been referred to assignments.
The Utah House of Representatives on Feb. 26 approved a bill that would create a working group to study a first responder’s workers compensation mental stress claim.