HB 204: "An Act relating to the presumption of compensability for a disability resulting from certain cancers in firefighters."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 204 01 "An Act relating to the presumption of compensability for a disability resulting from 02 certain cancers in firefighters." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 23.30.121(b) is amended to read: 05 (b) For a firefighter covered under AS 23.30.243, 06 (1) there is a presumption that a claim for compensation for disability 07 as a result of the following diseases is within the provisions of this chapter: 08 (A) respiratory disease; 09 (B) cardiovascular events that are experienced within 72 hours 10 after exposure to smoke, fumes, or toxic substances; and 11 (C) the following cancers: 12 (i) primary brain cancer; 13 (ii) malignant melanoma; 14 (iii) leukemia;
01 (iv) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; 02 (v) bladder cancer; 03 (vi) ureter cancer; 04 (vii) kidney cancer; [AND] 05 (viii) prostate cancer; and 06 (ix) breast cancer; 07 (2) notwithstanding AS 23.30.100(a), following termination of service, 08 the presumption established in (1) of this subsection extends to the firefighter for a 09 period of three calendar months for each year of requisite service but may not extend 10 more than 60 calendar months following the last date of employment; 11 (3) the presumption established in (1) of this subsection applies only to 12 an active or former firefighter who has a disease described in (1) of this subsection 13 that develops or manifests itself after the firefighter has served in the state for at least 14 seven years and who 15 (A) was given a qualifying medical examination upon 16 becoming a firefighter that did not show evidence of the disease; 17 (B) was given an annual medical exam during each of the first 18 seven years of employment that did not show evidence of the disease; and 19 (C) with regard to diseases described in (1)(C) of this 20 subsection, demonstrates that, while in the course of employment as a 21 firefighter, the firefighter was exposed to a known carcinogen, as defined by 22 the International Agency for Research on Cancer or the National Toxicology 23 Program, and the carcinogen is associated with a disabling cancer. 24 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 25 read: 26 APPLICABILITY. AS 23.30.121(b), as amended by this Act, applies to claims made on or 27 after the effective date of this Act.