Senate approves bill to cover firefighters’ cancer bills

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Firefighters with certain types of cancer might soon be able to charge the state for their medical expenses after the Michigan Senate approved a one-time appropriation.

The Senate unanimously approved $1 million to cover firefighters’ expenses on Thursday. But Senate Majority Leader and Republican Arlan Meekhof says he doesn’t know whether that is enough to cover the cost of firefighters’ current cancer bills.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in January 2015 meant to cover cancer spurred by carcinogens they absorbed on the job.

Snyder said then that he was concerned because the bills lacked funding.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. A fiscal analysis says it would cover respiratory tract, bladder, skin, brain, kidney, blood, thyroid, testicular, prostate or lymphatic cancer.

6 News is in the Capitol now talking with lawmakers on this and will have updates online and on 6 News tonight.

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