How To Qualify For Assistance Under The Heart And Lung Bill

May 9, 2018
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The Florida Statute 112.18, otherwise known as the Heart and Lung bill, offers first responders like firefighters, law enforcement agents, correctional officers, and EMT’s workers’ compensation benefits for heart and lung issues. The Heart and Lung Bill provides much needed medical assistance to first responders that were injured at work.

Who is Eligible for The Heart and Lung Bill

Many different types of state employees are eligible for assistance under the Heart and Lung Bill. This includes department branches such as state and local police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, municipal, port authority, and special tax districts. For persons that are eligible to receive benefits under the Heart and Lung Bill, they must have had a health impairment or condition that includes tuberculosis, heart disease, hypertension, and PTSD (recently added). The medical impairments must result in total or partial disability, and they are presumed to have been accidental or suffered in the line of duty.  

4 Elements of Heart and Lung Bill Qualification

In order to invoke presumption for the Heart and Lung Bill, there are 4 elements that have to be satisfied.

  • Meet the Definition of Protected Class – You are a police officer, firefighter, or correction offer as defined in chapter 112, Florida Statute.
  • Protected Condition – You have to have tuberculosis, heart disease or hypertension.
  • Pre-employment Physical – Your physical exam prior to employment must be passing.
  • Diagnosis – You have to be partially or totally disabled.

Meeting these general requirements helps qualify individuals for assistance under the Heart and Lung Bill.

I’m Qualified, Now What?

Once reviewing the Heart and Lung Bill Statute and determining that you fall into the 4 categories for qualification, the next step is filling out an application. The 2-year statute of limitations for filing a formal claim for workers compensation begins at the date of disability or death. It does not, however, run from the date of exposure, or the date of diagnosis, or the date you miss time from work for a doctor’s appointment. The heart/lung claim classifies the start date as the moment you receive permanent work restrictions that causes you to lose income from the date of your accident. From that date forward, you have 90 days to report your claim to your supervisor. If for whatever reason the claim is denied, you have 2 years from your accident date to file a suit.

Medication When I Needed It

Submitting a claim and the processing of it can take time, which makes it difficult when you are in need of medication for work-related injuries. Depending on your injury, it may be difficult to receive medication on time and delivered promptly. At Our Pharmacy Network (OPN), we assist first responders with heart/lung bill qualification. We help handle the paperwork and authorizations, so there is no delay in treatment. OPN also delivers medications quickly and directly to your home or office without out of pocket costs. If you have questions about the Heart and Lung bill and our services, give us a call or fill out our online form.

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