California governor expands health coverage in virus cases

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 20:55:45-04

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing employees across California’s economy to apply for worker’s compensation if they contract the coronavirus.

It presumes that the infection was work-related unless employers can prove otherwise.

The presumption applies for the next 60 days and is retroactive to March 19, when Newsom first ordered all but essential workers to stay at home. He said the change is needed now as California prepares to relax those orders in coming days and weeks.

A state rating bureau previously said such a decision could cost from about $2 billion to nearly $34 billion annually.