To: Insurance Carriers and Self-Insurers Providing Benefits Under the Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law and the Volunteer Ambulance Workers' Benefit Law; Attorneys and Licensed Representatives Appearing Before the Board
Date: March 31, 1999
Chapter 574 of the Laws of 1998 amends the Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law and the Volunteer Ambulance Workers' Benefit Law with respect to the benefits payable for permanent total disability. Effective January 1, 1999, the benefit level for permanent total disability under these laws shall be raised to $400 a week for all claimants found to be permanently totally disabled since the inception of the respective law and who are still receiving weekly benefits as of January 1, 1999. This rate shall be applied to all weekly benefits periods after January 1, 1999 regardless of the date of injury. The effect of this act is, in the interest of fairness, to raise the benefit levels for past permanently totally disabled volunteers to the present benefit level of $400 per week.
Chapter 415 of the Laws of 1998 increases the death benefits provided to the families of deceased volunteer firefighters. Effective January 1, 1999, the following benefits apply:
Robert R. Snashall