Senate Passes Bills To Benefit Firefighters And Fire Safety

By Christopher Birsner

June 09, 2019

Originally published in The Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald on June 09, 2019.

The New York State Senate recently passed multiple bills that will benefit firefighters and the community. Among the main bills passed was legislation written by Senator Jim Gaughran, who represents Plainview. His bill will provide clarification on additional information and proof that can be submitted to determine eligibility for volunteer firefighter enhanced cancer disability benefits.

“Volunteer firefighters who contract cancer in the line of duty deserve full benefits and health care protections,” said Gaughran. “If their department is unable to verify the firefighter’s membership eligibility through no fault by the firefighter, we must ensure these brave first responders are still provided comprehensive coverage. This bill will close loopholes, which have inadvertently excluded volunteer firefighters from the coverage they’re entitled to.”

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