Andrew Raia

Today, the New York State Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Bill 711-B, which will expand medical coverage for volunteers to cover diagnoses of cancer in relation to the duties they perform as firefighters. Passage of the NYS Volunteer Firefighters Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Act will grant volunteer firefighters a disability benefit package to help assist in paying for large out-of-pocket expenses when seeking treatment for cancer.

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C,Ref-East Northport), who co-sponsors this legislation, believes the unwavering support for this bill signifies the esteemed value our state holds for volunteer firefighters.

“I am thrilled to be a co-sponsor of this legislation and have it pass the house with flying colors,” said Raia. “It was time for the Legislature to act and do its due diligence in supporting these men and women who voluntarily risk their lives for the betterment of their community. Passing this act was the right thing to do, and I applaud all parties involved in helping work this bill through the legislative process.”

Now that the legislation has successfully passed both the Senate and the Assembly, it will go to Gov. Cuomo for his consideration.  

Lupinacci addresses the Assembly 

Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci (R,C,I-South Huntington) commended the passage of the Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Disability Benefit Program today as it passed the Assembly and heads to the Governor for his consideration. The legislation (A.711-B) provides volunteer firefighters with access to critical healthcare services available to their paid counterparts.

“The legislation passed today effectively provides injured volunteer firefighters with the healthcare they need to live out their lives to the fullest,” said Lupinacci. “It’s taken years for this legislation to get where it is today, and I was proud to stand with my colleagues and give our volunteer firefighters better treatment and improved care for the risks they’ve taken for us. We live in peace knowing our firefighters have our backs, and with this legislation- they know we have theirs.”

If signed by the Governor, the measure will provide an enhanced cancer disability benefit for volunteer firefighters with five or more years of service.

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