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House passes workers’ comp changes for health care workers, first responders with COVID-19

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While praise has been widely accorded those on the front lines of the struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly health care workers and first responders — there’s been a nagging question among their ranks: What happens if one of them contracts the virus? Would they receive workers’ compensation for time missed during their illness?

The House sought to ease their minds on Tuesday by overwhelmingly passing HF4537.

Sponsored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL-St. Cloud), it specifically addresses 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 child care workers providing care for the children of health care workers and first responders.

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