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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 26, 2021 03:58 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act - COVID-19 Coverage
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act by ensuring that our first responders, including our PA National Guard Members, who die from COVID-19 are covered under this important benefit, just as they are for the federal line of duty death benefit.
The Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act, commonly referred to as Act 101, provides for a one-time state-paid payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters, ambulance or rescue squad members, law enforcement officers, and National Guard members killed in the performance of their duties.  The death must be related to the performance of duties.
While many Americans have been displaced from work, are working remotely or are otherwise practicing social distancing, law enforcement, ambulance  and firefighters have not had that luxury -- they have continued to work and interacted with the public 24/7 in order to protect the lives of all Pennsylvanians.  In recognition of their unique position on the front lines, our legislation would ensure that they are covered if they die from COVID-19 on or after March 6, 2020.
We hope that you will join us in supporting our first responders during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Silcox (Stefano) or Noah Glattke (Langerholc).

Introduced as SB556