Posted by: POLC Staff Posted date: October 24, 2016
The surviving family members of Michigan first responders who die in the line of duty will qualify for up to five years of state-paid health insurance under legislation signed to law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Gov. Snyder said the law is “unquestionably the right thing to do.” Senate Bill 218 applies to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue squad or ambulance crew members and is retroactive to October 1, 2015. The coverage is comparable to that provided to retired State Police Troopers.
The POLC, in conjunction with its legislative arm MAPO and Jim Curran of Karoub Associates, lobbied for the bill’s passage. Although they were not included, we will continue to lobby for permanently disabled first responders to be covered under a similar bill.