senate Bill S7027

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes a volunteer firefighters' benefit claim assistance unit to initiate contact with firefighter or surviving dependents and assist with claims

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to local government

S7027 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §40, Vol Ffs Ben L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S382

S7027 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a volunteer firefighters' benefit claim assistance unit to initiate contact with an injured firefighter or his or her surviving dependents and assist with filing claims and expediting payments.

S7027 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7027 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7027

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law, in relation  to
  providing  for  temporary  payments  of benefit pending final determi-
  nation of claim

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section 40 of the volunteer firefighters' benefit law, as
amended by chapter 476 of the laws  of  2018,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  § 40. [Notice]  CLAIM ASSISTANCE UNIT; NOTICE of injury or death.  THE
WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH  A  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTERS'
BENEFIT  CLAIM ASSISTANCE UNIT. SUCH UNIT SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE TO INITI-
ATE CONTACT WITH ANY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WHO SUSTAINS A LIFE THREATEN-
ING INJURY, OR IN THE CASE OF DEATH, THE SURVIVING  DEPENDENTS  OF  SUCH
VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER AND SHALL PROVIDE ANY AND ALL ASSISTANCE REQUIRED
TO FILE CLAIMS AND EXPEDITE PAYMENT OF ANY AND  ALL  BENEFITS  ALLOWABLE
UNDER THIS CHAPTER.
  Notice  of  an  injury  or  death for which benefits are to be paid or
provided under this chapter shall be given to the political  subdivision
liable  for  the payment thereof within ninety days after such injury or
death except that such notice need not be given  if  a  claim  is  filed
pursuant  to  section forty-one of this chapter within ninety days after
such injury or death. Either such notice may  be  given  by  any  person
claiming to be entitled to such benefits [or],  by someone in his or her
behalf,  OR  BY A CLAIM ASSISTANT. The notice shall be in writing, shall
contain the name and address of the volunteer firefighter, and state  in
ordinary  language  the  time, place, nature and cause of the injury and
shall be signed by him or her or by a person on his or her behalf or, in
case of death, by any one or more of his or her dependents,  [or]  by  a
person  on  their  behalf, OR BY A CLAIM ASSISTANT.  The notice shall be
given to the clerk of the board of supervisors of the county, the  comp-
troller  or  chief  financial officer of the city, the town clerk of the

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