State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, wants to send a message to firefighters across the state.

“Because of the job they do and the sacrifices they make, we recognize that they are at a higher level of exposure to cancer-causing risk factors, and we want to give them some assurance,” said Gravley. “We want a product that is of value to the firefighters.”

Gravely believes HB 146 sends that assurance. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee last week, and is expected to be voted on by the full House Tuesday.

Under HB 146, firefighters diagnosed with one of about a dozen cancers listed in the bill would be eligible for a cash payout up to $25,000 to assist with expenditures related to the diagnosis. The amount would be based on the severity of the cancer, according to Gravley. The bill allows for other cancer types to be added as needed. 

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