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Health Care Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals

February 13th, 2020

This is an excellent resource from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

5594-11591 Other Health Care Providers Guide 2019

OFPC Cancer Awareness Video & Decon Information

January 21st, 2020

Amendments to the Cancer Benefit Program Signed by the Governor

January 1st, 2020

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends subparagraph (ii) of paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 205-cc of the general municipal law to clarify that
the an interior firefighter eligible for the program may submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and
control

Section 2 states that this act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 10 years after such date.

New Subsection 8. In the absence of the documentation required in paragraph a of subdivision one of this section, the volunteer firefighter shall be eligible if they submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and control. The office of fire prevention and control shall promulgate rules and regulations as to an acceptable combination of alternative documentation and such documentation shall include, but not be limited to, training records, documentation that the firefighter was an active interior volunteer firefighter as evidenced by National Fire Incident Reports submitted by the volunteer’s fire department, or any other combination of official documents capable of evidencing that the firefighter meets the requirements of this section.

Changes to the LOSAP Defined Contribution Program

November 14th, 2019

Governor Cuomo signed bill A07552 / S4207a into law – Chapter 474 of the laws of 2019 – which increases the maximum allowable Defined Contribution (DC) benefit in New York State from $700 to $1,200. This does not impact those municipalities that sponsor a Defined Benefit (DB) plan – those benefits remain unchanged.
For a municipality that sponsors a DC plan to increase the contribution for its LOSAP, it must approve the increase by resolution of the governing board, then seek voter approval of the increase in a mandatory referendum. The amendment would be effective the January 1st following the date of the referendum.
The earliest a sponsor could make this effective is January 1, 2020; and that’s only if the sponsor were able to hold the referendum on or before December 31, 2019.
Note that a sponsor does not have to go straight to $1,200 but could instead select a smaller amount. In the past, some sponsors implemented a step-up in the contribution over a period of time – say to $950 effective January 1, 2020 and then to $1,200 effective January 1, 2021.
Typically, this type of amendment is administered such that the increased contribution is earned based on service credit accrued after the effective date. In other words, if an increase from $700 to $1,200 was effective January 1, 2020, then service credit earned in 2020 would result in the volunteer being credited with a $1,200 contribution to his/her account in 2021. The 2019 service credit year would remain at the $700 level. This also means that the municipal budget is not increased until 2021 (assuming a calendar year fiscal year). You are encouraged you to check with your attorney if an alternative interpretation can be made, especially for Villages that likely do not have a scheduled election until March 2020.

Interesting White Paper on the use of ISO Ratings on North Monterey County California

November 10th, 2019

This white paper includes some interesting finds on the use of ISO ratings and the impacts or lack thereof on your fire department!!
ISO Ratings by Insurance Companies

Guidance to Form County or Regional Fire District Organization

November 10th, 2019

This resource document has been created to provide information or guidance to groups of fire district officers who may want to assemble a local organization.
Formation of a Regional Associations

Steps to Firefighter Cancer Prevention

November 10th, 2019

Download and post these firefighter cancer prevention steps:
FF Cancer Prevention

Approved Accident & Health Endorsement from ESIP

April 9th, 2019

After months of hard work, ESIP is happy to announce that the NYS Department of Financial Services has approved an endorsement for our Accident & Health policies. This non-premium bearing endorsement adds coverage to the policy, including loss of life due to cardiac malfunction and weekly indemnity for illness! This change will be effective March 22nd, 2019 to all existing policy holders.

As you know, these are essential benefits to the members of emergency services organizations and we’re proud to be the first insurance provider in the state to receive approval to offer loss of life due to cardiac malfunction. If your organization does not already carry an Accident & Sickness policy, please reach out to your agent or the McNeil & Co. program representative for a review of full coverages available for your fire service members.

Final Cancer Benefit Regulations from OFPC, Forms from OFPC

January 6th, 2019
Cancer Benefit Program Final Regulations from OFPC
101718 OFPC FINAL REG 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278

EOSB 210.4 Form to be filed with the Cancer Insurance Benefit Provider only when filing a claim- 
Keep a copy for your files
EOSB210-4

The annual filing form to OFPC from the AHJ to attest under oath that you have provided the Cancer Benefit
EOSB210-5

Regional Breakdown for State Association Regions

January 6th, 2019
Region 1 = The Capital Region
Region 2 = Mid Hudson Valley
Region 3 = Central Region
Region 4 = Southern Tier
Region 5 = Finger Lakes Rochester Region
Region 6 = Western NY
Region 7 = Lower Hudson Valley
Region 8 = Nassau County
Region 9 = Suffolk County
Region 10 = Sullivan/Orange/Rockland
Region 11 = North Country
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Regional Breakdown


 

See the OFPC Final Regulations for the Cancer Benefit Program

October 22nd, 2018

The documents posted here that pertain to the Volunteer FF Cancer Benefit program as mandated by GML 205cc are the OFPC Final Regulations, the Final Rule Report with Answers to Comments, text of the Final Rule Report Answers and the OSHA Physical Exam Questionnaire as referenced in the final documents.

101718 OFPC FINAL REG 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278

101718 OFPC 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278 FINAL RULE REPORT ANSWERS FINAL DEC

101718 OFPC 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278 FINAL RULE REPORT WITH ANSWERS TO COMMENTS

101918 OSHA PHYSICAL EXAM QUESTIONNAIRE

Governor Signs Spending Limitation Exemption

August 28th, 2018
The Legislation contained in Bill A10327A/S8019A to amend Town Law authorizing fire districts to exempt the cost of the Fire Fighter’s Cancer Benefit Program from the fire district’s spending limitation has been signed by the Governor.
Fire districts have a spending limitation that applies to certain categories of their annual budget under Town Law Section 176 (18). Under current law, there are sixteen exemptions to the fire district spending limitation; this bill simply adds the newly adopted volunteer firefighter enhanced cancer disability benefits to the list. Exempting the cancer
coverage insurance expense from the fire district budget spending limitation is critical for fire district finances.
This legislation will have no impact on the real property tax levy cap provided for under General Municipal Law Section 3-c. A fire district will be required to follow the current procedure if it wishes to exceed that cap. The fire district budget spending limitation is merely a mechanism to control spending in some but not all budget categories.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the Bill’s sponsors Assemblywoman Gunther and Senator Griffo for sponsoring this legislation to especially help those fire districts who are at the top of their spending limitation.