Ohio Firefighters CALL TO ACTION

Please see the below message from OAPFF President Mike Taylor: Brothers and Sisters, We need your help to protect the newly passed Michael Louis Palumbo Jr Act (Fire Fighter Cancer Presumption.)   The House Insurance Committee is getting ready to hear House Bill 27 (HB27).  HB27 would make an essential change to the law that passed last year. It would allow …

Ohio Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill goes into effect today

After working towards this law for over 20 years, today The Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr act (SB 27) goes into effect for Ohio Firefighters. What does Presumption mean? A rule of law which permits a court to assume a fact is true until such time as there is a preponderance (greater weight) of evidence which disproves or outweighs (rebuts) the …

Action needed for Ohio Volunteer Firefighters

Senate Bill 27 is currently being debated in the Ohio House Insurance Committee.  There has been speculation that some individuals on the committee would like to remove volunteer firefighters from the bill.  I personally disagree with this action. I’ve said this line over and over throughout the years…  “Cancer does not discriminate”.  Cancer doesn’t care what sex, race, or religion …

Ohio FF Cancer Action Alert

From the OAPFF: Brothers and Sisters: As you are aware, Senate Bill 27, the Fire Fighter Cancer Presumption Legislation, was passed by the Senate and is at the House Insurance Committee. We have been given notification that the committee will be holding a hearing on SB27 on Wednesday, November 16th at 10 am in the Statehouse in Hearing Room 122 .  The OAPFF is …

Dayton Ohio FF Cancer Story

Here is the video link for the Dayton Ohio WHIO TV full Story that originally ran on October 31st regarding Firefighter Cancer/Ohio Senate Bill 27.  https://youtu.be/G97UfrrW1i4 Special Thanks to Kate Bartley, Tracy Beavers, Doug Stern, Tony Fanning, Mark Dullea, & John Russell for making this story happen.

Update on Ohio Senate Bill 27

This morning the Ohio House Insurance Committee heard sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 27 – The Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill.  Senator Patton spoke of why firefighters are diagnosed with cancer at an increased risk compared to the general public.  The Senator also spoke regarding how this bill would benefit our Ohio Firefighters who are diagnosed with specific cancers that have …

Governor of Georgia vetoes Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill

I saw the unfortunate news this evening that Georgia’s Governor decided to veto House Bill 216 which would have let Georgia Firefighters with cancer get workers compensation benefits if they could provide “a preponderance” of evidence that their work caused the disease.   The governor stated “I am concerned that codifying an exception for one occupation at this relatively low …

Upcoming Ohio FF Presumption Hearing

On Tuesday April 5th the Ohio Senate Insurance Committee will hold a hearing and possible vote for the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill (Senate Bill 27). The hearing will be at 1030 in the morning at the State Capitol Building. This Bill would allow Cancer of the lung, brain, kidney, bladder, rectum, stomach, skin, or prostate;Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma;Leukemia; Multiple Myeloma; Testicular or …

National Firefighter Cancer Presumption Update

March has been an extremely successful month regarding Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bills across the country.  Idaho and Georgia placed their presumption bills on their Governor’s desk.  Kentucky also placed a Firefighter Cancer death benefit bill on their Governors desk.  These three bills combined had an overwhelming 427 votes in favor versus 23 opposed (98%).  All three Governors are expecting to …

Firefighter Cancer Presumption Testimony

Earlier today I had the honor of representing The OAPFF regarding the Ohio Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill, aka Senate Bill 27 during a Senate Insurance Committee hearing.  My testimony centered around how far the fire service has come regarding firefighter cancer.  I spoke about how when I first starting preaching about our increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer nobody …