A ceremonial bill signing of Sen. Wayne Schmidt’s legislation to provide health care benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty was held recently at the Lansing Center, during the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association’s 2016 Fall Professional Development Conference.
Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined Gov. Rick Snyder, association CEO and Executive Director Terrence Jungel, and Katie Sherwood, widow of fallen Clare County Deputy Kevin Sherwood, who died 10 years ago while on duty.
Senate Bill 218, now Public Act 284 of 2016, provides medical benefits to surviving family members of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, rescue squad members, or ambulance crew members.
The bill expands on current benefits to include 60 months of health care in addition to an existing one-time payment of $25,000. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015.