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‚ÄčIn September 2020, the General Assembly passed the Firefighter Healthcare Benefit Plan legislation. This new law creates a supplemental insurance policy for paid and unpaid firefighters who are South Carolina residents and who are diagnosed with cancer. The firefighter is entitled to:

  • a one-time benefit of $20,000,
  • an annual out-of-pocket expenses reimbursement of up to $12,000, and
  • a $75,000 death benefit.

The bill did not include any funding when it passed and legislators did not pass a budget in FY 2020-2021, as the state is instead relying on a continuing budget resolution to fund state government. Cities and towns are requesting the General Assembly provide recurring money in the state budget to fund this benefit plan for firefighters.

Additional details about the firefighter health benefit can be found here.