A Look at SB 2551 and Cancer Presumption for First Responders

By the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) One of the most significant bills passed in the 86th Legislature affecting first responders was SB 2551. Due to the nature of employment, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) could be exposed to conditions that may cause cancer. For this reason, certain cancers are presumed to have […]

Texas Workers’ Comp Proposes Death Benefits Rule

HB 2119 was signed into law and allows surviving spouses of eligible first responders who died in action to remain eligible for death benefits are remarrying. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has been tasked with developing a rule to implement the law. Click here to view TDI-DWC’s proposed rule. Comments […]

OIEC First Responder Liaison for Texas Workers’ Comp

HB 2082, which created a first responder liaison at the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) within the Texas Workers’ Comp program, went into effect on September 1, 2017. Click here to learn more: OIEC First Responder Liaison HB 2082

EMS in Texas Workers’ Comp Due to Air Medical?

The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) released a ruling on September 8, 2015 that ruled that PHI Air Medical should be reimbursed 149 percent of Medicare for air ambulance services within the Texas Workers’ Comp program. Both industry and policymakers are in the process of digesting the ALJ decision. Ultimately, […]