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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 2, 2021 01:55 PM
From: Representative Frank A. Farry and Rep. Martina A. White
To: All House members
Subject: COVID-19 - Presumption Legislation
 
We plan to reintroduce two pieces of legislation amending the Workers' Compensation Act to provide additional protection to those on the first line of defense against COVID-19 and whose jobs put them at greater risk of contracting the disease.   
 
Our first piece of this legislative package will list COVID-19 as an occupational disease of occupational exposure to COVID-19 for paid and volunteer emergency responders, police, corrections workers and others who deal with inmates.

The second bill will provide the same protection for employees of healthcare providers who provide in-person care to patients.
 
A positive test for COVID-19 will create a rebuttable presumption of occupational exposure for these employees, so that they face fewer barriers to obtaining workers' compensation benefits for medical costs and lost wages if they contract COVID-19.  
 
We hope you will consider joining us in sponsoring these two important initiatives to help protect those who are making tremendous sacrifices to safeguard Pennsylvanians during this difficult and unprecedented time.



Document #1

Description: Bill #1 (White & Farry):  This bill will list COVID-19 as an occupational disease of occupational exposure to COVID-19 for paid and volunteer emergency responders, police, corrections workers and others who deal with inmates.
 

Document #2

Description: Bill #2 (Farry & White):  This bill will list COVID-19 as an occupational disease of occupational exposure to COVID-19 for employees of healthcare providers who provide in-person care to patients.