Proposed changes to firefighter cancer law eliminated from budget bill

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Ohio firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief after an amendment that would have changed the rules for cancer coverage was eliminated from a workers comp budget bill.

The firefighter cancer bill just took effect in April, classifying cancer as a workplace related injury for firefighters.

Tuesday morning, a committee voted to eliminate a proposed amendment that would have changed the rules for filing a workers comp cancer claim.  The amendment centered on firefighters who were found to be improperly wearing safety gear.

The Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters says the amendment would have led to denials for major cancer claims based on minor gear infractions.

Firefighters say they fought to get the cancer bill passed for 30 years and were disappointed to learn some lawmakers were trying to change it after being in effect for less than two months.

The association says no claims have yet been filed under the new law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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