senate Bill S382

2021-2022 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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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to local government
Jan 06, 2021 referred to local government

S382 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §40, Vol Ffs Ben L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A681
2011-2012: A181
2013-2014: A1150
2015-2016: A1718
2017-2018: A2905
2019-2020: S7027, A267

S382 (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.

S382 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S382 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2021
 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

   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
   §  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] ARTICLE 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  depen-
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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