TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 21, 2020

Attorney General Herbert Slatery today announced he has joined a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general asking Congress to pass the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. Under that bill, families of first responders who have died or been totally disabled as a result of COVID-19 would receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty. Federal law currently allows survivors to access only certain benefits if they provide evidence that proves their family member contracted COVID-19 while on duty. The legislation would establish a temporary presumption that first responders contracted the virus while on duty if diagnosed within 45 days of their last shift. This legislation passed through the U.S. Senate and is currently being considered by the House of Representatives. Read the letter Slatery and 51 attorneys general sent today to Congress.