House Bill 2499
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022
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Passed House on May 11, 2022
Overview
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Introduced
Apr 14, 2021
Latest Action
May 12, 2022
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Bill Number
2499
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117
Policy Area
Government Operations and Politics
Government Operations and Politics
Primary focus of measure is government administration, including agency organization, contracting, facilities and property, information management and services; rulemaking and administrative law; elections and political activities; government employees and officials; Presidents; ethics and public participation; postal service. Measures concerning agency appropriations and the budget process may fall under Economics and Public Finance policy area.
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House Votes (2)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
May 11, 2022
Type
Passage Of A Measure
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2021

This bill provides federal workers' compensation to firefighters who contract certain illnesses as a result of their service.

Specifically, the bill provides that (1) heart disease, lung disease, and specified cancers of federal employees employed in fire protection activities for at least 5 years are presumed to be proximately caused by such employment if the employee is diagnosed with the disease within 10 years of employment; and (2) the disability or death of the employee due to such disease is presumed to result from personal injury sustained in the performance of duty. These presumptions also apply to fire protection employees (regardless of the length of employment) who contract any communicable disease at the center of a designated pandemic or any chronic infectious disease that the Department of Labor determines is related to job-related hazards.

An employee in fire protection activities is a firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, rescue worker, ambulance personnel, or hazardous material worker, who (1) is trained in fire suppression; (2) has the legal authority and responsibility to engage in fire suppression; (3) is engaged in the prevention, control, and extinguishment of fires or response to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk; and (4) performs such activities as a primary responsibility.

Text (4)
May 12, 2022
May 11, 2022
April 14, 2021
Amendments (4)
Displaying only amendments with a detailed public record (3)
May 11, 2022
Not Agreed to in House
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Sponsorship
House Amendment 196
Amendment sought to strike all of the bill text and insert a provision establishing the Firefighter Special Claims Unit at the Department of Labor to process any claim relating to occupational disease filed by a federal firefighter. To direct GAO to submit a report describing any known barriers to the delivery of health care to federal firefighters, evaluating claims submitted by federal firefighters, and to provide information on the standard the Department uses to determine causation with respect to claims.
Active
May 11, 2022
Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 195
Amendment adds the Kenneth Meisel Public Servants Claimant Fairness Act, which amends the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to establish that claimants who have been asked by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs to provide additional evidence to support their occupational illness, traumatic injury, or death claim have at least 60 days to provide such evidence.
Agreed To
May 11, 2022
Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 194
Amendments en bloc comprised of amendments numbered 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8, printed in Part D of House Report 117-320.
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