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By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Lawmakers propose Firefighter Protection Act and teacher retention programs

Legislative Roundup - Week 4


February 7, 2019

Firefighter Protection Act Would Offer Workers’ Comp Coverage for Cancer, PTSD

Firefighters with conditions like cancer, heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorder could have their treatment covered by worker’s compensation insurance under a new bill in the Montana Legislature.

President of the Montana Fire Chiefs’ Association Rich Cowger said during a public hearing on the bill Tuesday that firefighters face many hazards and should be covered for illnesses that might come with the job.

“‘Workers’ comp’ is designed to fight against catastrophic injuries,” Cowger said...

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