Legislation extending medical benefits to surviving families of Michigan first responders who die in the line of duty was signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Supporting families of fallen first responders is unquestionably the right thing to do. Michigan values our first responders, and this legislation allows the state to properly honor and support their sacrifices,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 218, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, provides medical benefits to surviving family members of local public safety officers. The bill expands on current benefits to include 60 months of health care in addition to an existing one-time payment of $25,000. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015. The bill is now Public Act 284 of 2016.

For more information on this and other legislation, interested persons may visit www.legislature.mi.gov.

Expanding Benefits to Families of First Responders was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Karen Elford