North Carolina firefighters remain cautiously optimistic as two Senate Republicans introduced bill to provide financial assistance for cancer treatment.
For the past several years, firefighters across the state have been fighting to get presumptive cancer coverage expanded for themselves and their colleagues.
While other states in the U.S. have some sort of cancer coverage, North Carolina does not. In fact, it is the only state in the country to not have some sort of presumptive cancer coverage for these first responders.
“First in flight, last in helping firefighters,” is how Greensboro Firefighters Union President Dave Coker describes the fight.
Senate Bill 472 was introduced on April 1, by Senator Todd Johnson and Senate Majority Whip Jim Perry. The bill, as written, would see that a trust worth $25,000 would be set aside for North Carolina firefighters.