Gov. Baker touts law covering cancer costs for firefighters

July 24, 2018

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is hailing a new law that lets Massachusetts firefighters temporarily incapacitated due to certain forms of cancer receive full pay while they recuperate.

The measure covers medical treatments for firefighters diagnosed with cancer and time missed because of the illness.

The Republican touted the law Tuesday in Lynn alongside lawmakers, local firefighters and members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.

Baker said that under the new law certain cancers sustained by firefighters will be presumed to be a disabling condition sustained in the line of duty unless there’s evidence that the cancer originated from another cause.

The law includes female firefighters suffering from breast and reproductive system cancers.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the law will help the state maintain a healthy firefighting force.

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