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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 22, 2015 01:03 PM
From: Representative Curtis G. Sonney
To: All House members
Subject: Workers Compensation Coverage_off-duty EMS
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will amend Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to extend Worker’s Compensation (WC) protection to members of emergency medical services agencies when not officially on duty.

Specifically, my proposal extends WC coverage to EMS personnel while officially not on duty if all the following apply;

-They suffer injury or death as a result of rendering first aid.
-They are a member of a volunteer ambulance company
-They are operating within their scope of practice;

I believe it is important to protect our EMS providers on and off the clock who provide emergency services. My intention is to cover those trained employees, who may hesitate otherwise to offer assistance at the scene of an accident, simply because they aren’t on the clock.

As always, I appreciate your consideration and support of this legislation.


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Introduced as HB592