Barrar’s Committee Explores the Impact of a Firefighter Cancer Presumption
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week hosted a public hearing on potential changes to the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Act.

“I held the hearing so the committee could move toward three goals: get the insurance trusts back in the market, lower the premium that municipal governments pay for firefighters’ worker’s compensation insurance and ensure that a strong list of cancers remain as presumptions,” Barrar said.

During the hearing, Barrar and committee members heard testimony from lawyers who represent firefighters in health care cases, general counsel for a group fund which provides workers’ compensation coverage and an occupational medicine physician. There were also a number of other associations and individuals who testified to provide a full and fair perspective on the issues. Some topics that were discussed include subrogation, enhanced reporting and prostate cancer as it relates to firefighters.

“The committee and I look forward to continuing the discussion, with input from all stakeholders, about how to best serve our firefighters. I believe this will bring us to the best solution,” Barrar said.

To view footage of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee’s public hearing, click here.

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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