City of Decatur now participating in the firefighters’ cancer benefit program

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart January 22, 2018

A Decatur, Ga. fire trucks. Source:

After a vote by the Decatur City Commission, the City of Decatur is participating in the Georgia Georgia Municipal Association-Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency firefighters’ cancer benefit program.

According to a recent press release, “cities are required to provide the cancer benefit for firefighters under House Bill 146, passed in the 2017 legislative session.”

All firefighters, whether they be volunteer, part-time or full-time, are qualified to receive the benefit under House Bill 146, giving firefighters protection if they get cancer after being employed for a year.

“HB 146 was a collaborative effort of [the Georgia Municipal Association] and the Georgia General Assembly,” the press release from the city says. “The governor vetoed an earlier bill which would have placed firefighter cancer claims in the workers’ compensation system and would have been very costly to local governments. HB 146 provides a more cost-effective way to ensure firefighters have a safety net if diagnosed with cancer.”

This coverage “a lump sum benefit and a disability benefit,” and with Decatur’s current 39 full-time firefighters, the annual premium costs $7,178.00, but is subject to change when part-time employees reach 12 months of employment.

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