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PRINTER'S NO. 1634
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1204
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY FARRY, PENNYCUICK, DILLON, SANTARSIERO, SCHWANK,
KANE, BREWSTER, MILLER, ROBINSON AND TARTAGLIONE,
MAY 28, 2024
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,
MAY 28, 2024
AN ACT
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in miscellaneous provisions relating
to emergency management services, providing for health
screenings for firefighters and EMS providers.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 7715. Health screenings for firefighters and EMS providers.
(a) General rule.--A firefighter or EMS provider employed as
a full-time paid employee of a fire department or a political
subdivision shall have a cancer and cardiovascular health
screening exam conducted by a physician no less than once every
three years during the course of the firefighter's or EMS
provider's employment. Where applicable, a health screening
under this section shall include, at a minimum:
(1) Screenings for the following cancers and
cardiovascular conditions:
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(i) Liver.
(ii) Gallbladder.
(iii) Kidney.
(iv) Spleen.
(v) Urinary bladder and prostate.
(vi) Abdominal aorta.
(vii) Testicle and scrotal.
(viii) Pelvic, uterus and ovary external scan.
(ix) Thyroid.
(x) Carotid.
(xi) Colon.
(xii) Lung.
(xiii) Skin.
(2) An echocardiogram.
(3) For a male, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
screening.
(4) For a female, a human papillomavirus (HPV)
screening.
(b) Cost of health screenings.--All costs associated with a
health screening under this section shall be covered by a health
care benefits plan included with the firefighter's or EMS
provider's employment, an insurance fund, joint insurance fund
or other manner. An employer shall cover the cost of a
copayment, deductible, coinsurance or employee out-of-pocket
expense for a health screening under this section.
(c) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Emergency medical services provider" or "EMS provider." Any
of the following:
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(1) An emergency medical responder.
(2) An emergency medical technician.
(3) An advanced emergency medical technician.
(4) A paramedic.
(5) A prehospital registered nurse.
(6) A prehospital physician extender.
(7) A prehospital emergency medical services physician.
(8) An individual prescribed by regulation of the
Department of Health to provide specialized emergency medical
services.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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