A Missouri bill proposes the establishment of a voluntary firefighter's benefit trust.
H.B. 1120, introduced on Tuesday, would create confidence in making payments to firefighters in the state who have cancer.
Firefighters covered by the trust would include those who spent at least five years of dangerous service, were exposed to a substance classified as a known carcinogen, worked in a dangerous duty position for the past 15 years and are under 70 years of age. at diagnosis.
Firefighters employed by contributing units would receive payments based on the category and stage of their cancer, with payments of up to $ 25,000 for rehabilitation or vocational training related to the diagnosis and up to $ 1
The bill states that the trust would pay a lump sum of $ 25,000 for a terminal cancer diagnosis, but that firefighters who use tobacco within five years of the diagnosis would have their award reduced by 25%.