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A new state law will provide health care to volunteer firefighters

A new state law will provide health care to volunteer firefighters

October 22, 2017 04:16 PM

New York state Volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain types cancers are now eligible for health benefits. Governor Cuomo Sunday signed legislation to provide health care benefits to support treatment for life-threatening cancers.
  
Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers' Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Effective January 1, 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening cancers. 

Under the bill, volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits. Specifically, volunteer firefighters diagnosed with lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, reproductive systems, or melanoma cancer will be automatically eligible for health benefits if:  

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•Upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers covered by this bill; 
•Individuals have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings; and 
•The firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date. 
 

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