Senate approves Schmidt’s bill to provide health coverage for families of fallen safety officers

LANSING, Mich. – Surviving spouses and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty would be guaranteed health care benefits under legislation unanimously approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

“Providing health care coverage for spouses and children of officers who die in the line of duty is a small gesture of our appreciation for their sacrifice that will hopefully provide a big help during a difficult time,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the bill sponsor.

Under Senate Bill 218, the spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue squad members, or ambulance crew members who lose their lives as a result of their duties on the job would be provided health care coverage comparable to those of retired state police officers.

The state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget’s Office of Retirement Services would be responsible for determining and administering the health plans.

SB 218 now goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration.