|Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Deliver Health Benefits to Volunteer Firefighters Across New York|
|By Company One Captain Bill Renzetti|
|October 24, 2017|
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation to provide health care benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers.
Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through workers' compensation if they are injured in the line of duty.
Under the bill, volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax-free disability and death benefits. The cancers covered include lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, reproductive system or melanoma.
The coverage applies as long as firefighters had no evidence of cancer during their initial physical when volunteering, the firefighters have five years of service as interior-building firefighters, and the firefighter is active or within five years of their last active date.
New York state has about 96,000 volunteer firefighters, mostly in suburban and rural communities