Today, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the state’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and changed the unemployment first week waiting period, made some changes to allow expanded Medicaid support, and made other changes to health insurance coverage related to the pandemic.
All good things!
And they also addressed providing workman’s compensation for those working on the front lines to protect the health and well being of Wisconsinites….well almost:
A last-minute amendment to the bill from Vos (Assembly Speaker Robin Vos) introduced after the floor session began also narrowed workers compensation protections to apply only to firefighters and police officers infected with coronavirus.
Only firefighters and police officers? What about doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, physicians assistants, respiratory staff, cleaning staff, and every other person who will provide care for victims of COVID-19? I am not begrudging the protection for first responders…but everyone involved in providing care at every point in the process needs the same protection. jeez loueez.