Rep Canfield heralds new law to help Michigan families of fallen heroes

first_img05Oct Rep. Canfield heralds new law to help Michigan families of fallen heroes The surviving spouse and children of Michigan public safety officers who die in the line of duty will receive much-needed health care coverage under a new law announced today by state Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O. Rep. Canfield, who first voted on the measure as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said Public Act 284 of 2016 will aid families who have lost a spouse and parent in the line of duty.“First responders are on the front lines every day helping to protect our neighborhoods and families, and we must do everything we can to ensure their families are protected as well,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “The new law also gives first responders some peace of mind knowing their family will receive medical care if they don’t make it home. It’s certainly not something any of us want to talk about, but it’s immensely important to have this type of protection in place.”The new law provides state-funded health insurance benefits to the spouse and children of local public safety officers killed in the line of duty. The benefits would be provided for 60 months after the death of the public safety officer.“While it’s important to express support for our first responders, it’s even more important to do something tangible to show how much they are appreciated,” Rep. Canfield said. “I applaud the governor for ultimately signing this important legislation to protect the families of those who put their lives on the line to protect us.”Under the new law, “public safety officer” includes law enforcement officers, both paid and volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members and ambulance crew members. Tags: #SB center_img Categories: Canfield Newslast_img read more

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