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9/11 workers presumption proof bill introduced in N.Y.


Lawmakers in New York are seeking to amend the workers compensation law, in relation to presumptive evidence for individuals who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and clean-up operations.

S.B. 9370, introduced Friday, states that the state Workers’ Compensation Board must accept the certifications of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Trade Center Health Program as “presumptive evidence of causation” of certified illnesses “for claims filed for conditions of impairment of health or death pursuant to a qualifying condition.”

If passed, the bill states that under some conditions any claimant who filed a claim or claims that were denied prior to effective date may refile within two years.

The bill was referred to the Labor Committee.