Yesterday, the House passed HF4537. relating to workers’ compensation claims for employees who contract COVID-19 during their duties as health care workers — including home health care workers — paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters.
The changes would also pertain to corrections facility officers and counselors, as well as childcare workers providing care for the children of health care workers and first responders.
Such workers would be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits without having to provide proof that they contracted COVID-19 from a patient on a particular day. But, to receive compensation, the employee’s condition would have to be confirmed by a positive laboratory test or the diagnosis of a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse, based upon the employee’s symptoms.