News Digest 9-14-2021


House members demand answers about troubled 9/11 health program

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which administers a free healthcare program for 9/11 first responders and survivors who suffer from 9/11-related illnesses, and an outside contractor have been summoned to Capitol Hill to address complaints that the program is failing to achieve some of its most basic aims and also worsening survivors’ trauma. NBC


Pennsylvania education secretary warns schools of lawsuits over mask policy

The Pennsylvania secretary of education has warned Tamaqua Area school directors of potential lawsuits and other repercussions if the district doesn’t adhere to Pennsylvania’s school mask requirement. Failure to comply may negatively affect workers’ compensation claims coverage and premium calculations, according to the official in a letter to the board last week. Morning Call


Pennsylvania: Lower Merion finances strengthening

Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania officials say its finances are continuing to improve as the economy slowly strengthens in the post-pandemic world. According to an official, the township still does not know the renewal costs for its health and other insurance such as liability and workers’ compensation. Main Line Times


Missouri paramedic in need of help after work-related injury

A Lawson, Missouri Fire and Rescue paramedic who says she suffered a shoulder injury at a fire that put her out of work says she hasn’t received a paycheck since March. She says she did not go to a doctor through workers’ compensation when she was injured, so she hasn’t been able to receive any cash from her company. Fox4