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Congress passes COVID-19 presumption for PSOB

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 21, 2020


NAPO announced a major victory with Congress passing S. 3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which establishes a presumption under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program that an officer’s death or disability from contracting COVID-19 is in the line of duty.

The bill was sent to the President to be signed into law. To date, 139 officers have died in the line of duty due to COVID-19 and this legislation would help families obtain benefits.

To qualify for the presumption, the officer must have:

Engaged in a line of duty action or activity between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021 and received a diagnosis of COVID-19 (or evidence indicates the officer had COVID-19) during the 45-day period beginning on the officer’s last day of duty. For death benefits, evidence must indicate the officer had COVID-19 or complications from COVID-19 at the time of death.

NAPO worked closely with Senator Grassley’s staff on S. 3607 and fought for its passage in the House and Senate. For more on the legislation, please click on the link below.


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