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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed into law a bill that will offer benefits to firefighters upon the diagnosis of 21 difference cancers.
S.B. 426, which unanimously passed the state’s House and Senate in late April, will offer full-time firefighters who have served at least five years and don’t use tobacco with a one-time cash payout of $25,000 upon the diagnosis of certain cancers, as well as treatment through a group health fund and continued health benefits for 10 years after the termination of employment as an alternative to workers compensation.
The legislation also increases line of duty death benefits. The law will take effect July 1, 2019.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed into law a bill that clears the way for firefighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to claim a workers compensation injury if their condition results in physical or mental impairment and/or death.