Breaking News: House Passes FF Presumptive Coverage Bill, 90-5...onto the Senate

Presumptive Disease Coverage

BACKGROUND

Studies have detailed that firefighters experience much higher rates of occupational diseases (including cancers, respiratory and cardiac diseases) than the general public. 

In recognition of this occupational hazard, the WA legislature granted fire fighters a rebuttable presumption in 1987 and has since expanded covered conditions based on new evidence, that these occupational diseases are on-the-job injuries.  There is now a list covered diseases.    

Women fire fighters, specifically, are an underrepresented population and have lagged in receiving appropriate presumptive disease coverage.

WSCFF POSITION

The WSCFF supports expanding the covered cancers in RCW 51.32.185 due to significantly higher rates of occurrence.  AND The risk of contracting breast cancer increases with age for women firefighters to 2.66 times for those between the ages 50 and 54  and 1.46 times greater risk of dying.

The WSCFF therefore believes the following diseases should be covered under RCW 51.32.185

Mesothelioma: 2.29 times greater risk of contracting and 2.00 times greater risk of dying

Stomach cancer: 1.58 times greater risk of contracting and 1.1 times greater risk of dying 

Non-melanoma skin cancer: 1.52 times greater risk of contracting

Cervical Cancer: 5.24 times greater risk of contracting

Breast Cancer (female firefighters: 1.45 times greater risk of contracting and 1.46 times greater risk of dying.

Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 01, 2019