** Could families of NY EMTs and paramedics, who died from coronavirus, soon be eligible for LODD benefits?
UNITED STATES NEWS
** Families of EMTs and paramedics who died from COVID-19 while battling the virus may be one step closer to receiving LODD benefits. That is the word from Politico (Erin Durkin/May 19) which said Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he will ask the state to approve legislation that would designate city workers who have succumbed while fighting coronavirus as line of duty demises. The city would then pay out the related benefits. De Blasio, however, has publicly said he wants the federal government to fork out instead. According to the newspaper, alongside emergency personnel, corrections officers and maintenance workers have also died during the pandemic. To date that total sits at 277. Estimated benefits costs are around $15M per year