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Cancer Bill Co-Sponsored by Toohil Passes House

The House of Representatives has voted to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to aid firefighters who develop cancer as a result of their service, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) said today. 


House Bill 797, of which Toohil is a co-sponsor, designates cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters who have served four or more consecutive years. 


“Our firefighters run into burning buildings and risk their lives to save us,” said Toohil.  “Their service and sacrifice on our behalf is deserving of our respect and gratitude.  This legislation assures they will be protected if they develop cancer as a result of their service.”


Under the bill, firefighters who develop cancer will be covered if they have served for four or more years and have been exposed to a Group 1 carcinogen in the line of duty.  The bill requires that firefighters successfully pass a physical examination revealing no evidence of cancer prior to asserting a claim, or prior to engaging in firefighting duties.


“Our firefighters deserve to know they will be protected if they get sick as a result of their duties,” Toohil added.  “This legislation gives them that assurance.”


House Bill 797 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.


State Representative Tarah Toohil

116th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Rep. Toohil’s Office  



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