|Posted:||January 1, 2013 02:57 PM|
|From:||Representative Mark Mustio|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Worker's Comp Protection for Emergency Medical Services Agencies HB 522 of Last Session|
| In the near future, I will be reintroducing HB 522 of last session, legislation which will amend Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to remove the ambiguity that currently exists regarding Worker’s Compensation (WC) protection for members of emergency medical services agencies with both paid and volunteer members.
It has been brought to my attention that underwriting WC insurance has in many cases brought confusion and disagreement between our local municipalities and the insurance companies, as well as the EMS agencies and their volunteers. The question that has been asked is whether volunteers of an EMS agency that is organized as a 501(c)(3) and has paid responders, are to be listed on the local municipality’s WC policy.
In order to draw a clear distinction that the municipality is responsible for the provision of worker’s compensation coverage for the volunteer EMS responders, similar to what we do for our volunteer firefighters, the Workers’ Compensation Act needs amending to clarify this very important issue affecting our volunteer emergency medical responders, as well as the EMS agencies that serve our communities.
Please join me in ensuring that our volunteer emergency medical responders are fully and adequately covered by WC insurance when performing their duties.
Introduced as HB611