Our first responders put their lives on the line when working to keep our families, neighborhoods and communities safe.
I recently supported Senate legislation — now law — to provide health care coverage for the surviving spouse and dependents of public safety officers who died in the line of duty. Public Act 284 of 2016 allows family members of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, and members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who lost their lives as a result of on-the-job duties to receive extended health care benefits.
The medical benefit plan would be comparable to the plan offered to retired state police officers and available for a maximum of five years. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015.
The new law is an important way to honor the sacrifices of those who work to help and protect others and support their families.