Anti-Discrimination bill headed to Washington - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Anti-Discrimination bill headed to Washington

When you get sick or hurt how do you pay for your medical care?

Usually it's through your work.

But if you're injured riding a motorcycle, will the same health insurance you receive through your job cover you?

Strapping on his gloves, lowering the visor on his helmet, WAFF 48 Photojournalist Blake Mann goes through his pre-ride routine.

Checking for a break in traffic, he knows accidents can, and will happen even to the most cautious biker.

One worry many who ride a motorcycle face is if their medical bills would be covered in the event of a crash.

While your insurance provider may offer coverage, employers can deny benefit payouts.

Scott Newland, store manager for Rocket City Power Sports in Huntsville, doesn't agree with the law.

"The mid-90's law was written poorly. In the first place, leave out that kind of loophole this is something that should have been taken care of a long time ago," says Scott Newland.

The American Motorcyclist Association agrees and is fighting to have the law re-written.

They want to eliminate discrimination against anyone who rides and get rid of an expensive loophole.

"Basically they said you could not deny coverage to a motorcyclist. They didn't have to pay benefits that's the loophole. Current law. Close the loophole," says Newland.

Until new rules are put into place, bikers take their chances on the highways, hoping they are not involved in a crash that could devastate their finances.

"Primarily motorcyclists are some of the safest guys on the road. Time for a change time to fix broken law," says Newland.

What can you do?

You can send a message in support of "The HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act" bill to your Congressman and Senators.

That website is www.AMADirectlink.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Brad: Warmup, widespread rain heading to TN Valley

    Brad: Warmup, widespread rain heading to TN Valley

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:12 PM EST2018-01-19 04:12:53 GMT

    Fair skies will stay in place as high pressure controls our weather in the Tennessee Valley for the next couple of days.

    More >>

    Fair skies will stay in place as high pressure controls our weather in the Tennessee Valley for the next couple of days.

    More >>
  • Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-16 17:42:11 GMT
    (Source: Shannon Anderson)(Source: Shannon Anderson)

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>
  • Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Monday, January 15 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-01-15 21:38:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly