The proposal being considered would raise fees that businesses across the state currently pay into the fund while placing restrictions on future claims. State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City) said in floor debate that raising the cap on businesses was a good move, but expressed concern that people with pre-existing conditions would be left out.
“People who have polio, (and) people who have been in car accidents," Chappelle-Nadal said. "A good example is someone who has served in the military, in active duty, and has decided to come home...and then gets in a car accident – that person is not covered any longer, as this bill is written.”
The Second Injury Fund provides compensation to people with disabilities who then fall victim to a workplace injury or illness. Senate debate is scheduled to resume today (Tuesday), and Republican leaders say they hope to gain first-round approval sometime this week.
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