Expand Eligibility for Paid Leave to Include Cancer Survivors:
We urge Congress to expand eligibility for the paid family and medical leave to include people with chronic conditions, like cancer, and working members of their households.
Because of their history of cancer and cancer treatment, cancer patients are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Cancer survivors may be at higher risk of health complications from COVID-19 and may experience more serious infection if they acquire it.
Expanding eligibility for the paid family and medical leave program to include individuals the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers at high risk, will help ensure the health and safety of cancer patients and survivors.
NCCS was pleased to see the expansion of paid family and medical leave included in H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act. We urge the Senate to also protect cancer survivors, who may require time away from work due to the risk COVID-19 poses to their health or health of a loved one.
We urge Congress ensure people with underlying health conditions and working members of their household receive job protection and financial support that enables them to remain at home during the pandemic.