A Female Firefighter in Colorado who learned that her treatment for breast cancer would not be covered under her health coverage fought for change in order to level the playing field for all Firefighters.
Fire Officer Tracy Post, a lieutenant in the Westminster, Colorado, fire department, was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in November 2019. Post, 45, who has worked for the fire department since 2013, had to undergo a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy to treat her cancer, followed by breast reconstruction.
As she began her treatment, Post said she discovered that breast cancer was not one of the five types of cancer covered under the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust, which provides mandated cardiac and voluntary cancer benefits to the state’s firefighters.
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FIREFIGHTERS: PRESUME NOTHING:
Find out what the plans are and what coverages you have in your state, and at your department in the event that you are diagnosed with cancer or other diseases, slightly injured, seriously injured, disabled or killed in the line of duty. Ask the tough questions:
What is the definition of “line of duty”?
Are there age requirements?
Who is covered, and who isn’t?
What is covered? (Types of cancers, injuries etc)
Other questions to ask the correct people include:
How long am I covered if I am disabled for an extended period of time?
Is there any temporary or permanent disability plan?
Who will pay my medical bills?
Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses?
What plans exist to supplement my income?
How will my “event” affect those who also are covered on my insurance, such as my spouse, partner or children?
Be sure to also ask around to see how other firefighters have been treated and what their experiences have been.
Perform a “benefits” size-up!
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IF YOU or a Firefighter you know has been diagnosed with cancer, be sure to reach out to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.