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Law highlights need for fire departments to review policy for paying health benefits

04/01/1997
Law highlights need for fire departments to review policy for paying health benefits"Public Safety Officers Benefits," attached as a last-minute amendment to the fiscal year 1996 omnibus appropriations legislation (H.R. 3610) and which became law October 1, 1996, could have a significant impact on the budgets of fire and rescue departments throughout the country, warns James R. Cross, J.D., an attorney specializing in health, safety, and employment law. In essence, according to Cross, this law says that "public safety officers (including firefighters and EMS personnel) must be given health insurance benefits as long as they live if they retire or end their service due to an injury incurr...

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