What is the Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill?

October 15, 2019
Firefighters — First Responders — Our Pharmacy Network (OPN)

Signed into law by Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year, the Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill, also known as CS/CS/SB 426: Firefighters, gives specific benefits to firefighters diagnosed with cancer. With this new law, Florida now joins 45 other states and Washington, D.C. in providing a cancer benefit to the nation’s bravest first responders.

While rules under the Florida Heart and Lung Bill extend to law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and firefighters, the Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill is specific to firefighters as, across the United States, 70 percent of firefighters in-the-line-of-duty losses were cancer-related. Until the mid-1990s, heart disease was the leading cause of firefighter deaths when, according to a research article in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, “the burden of cancer significantly surpassed heart disease.”

Recent research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that firefighters are diagnosed with cancer at higher rates than the general population and that they die from cancer at higher rates. This is due to the elevated rates of exposure to carcinogens and subsequent illnesses.

By signing the Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill into law, Governor DeSantis has enabled firefighters with certain cancers and their families to receive certain disability or death benefits. It’s important to know that under the terms of the Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill, the covered cancer treatment and a one-time cash payout of $25,000 is in lieu of pursuing workers’ compensation coverage.

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