Firefighter Cancer Administration Program

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A firefighter* may qualify for benefits under Florida Statute §112.1816 if you have been diagnosed with a covered cancer* on or after July 1, 2019.

(2) Upon a diagnosis of cancer, a firefighter is entitled to the following benefits, as an alternative to pursuing workers’ compensation benefits under chapter 440, if the firefighter has been employed by his or her employer for at least 5 continuous years, has not used tobacco products for at least the preceding 5 years, and has not been employed in any other position in the preceding 5 years which is proven to create a higher risk for any cancer:

  1. Cancer treatment covered within an employer-sponsored health plan or through a group health insurance trust fund. The employer must timely reimburse the firefighter for any out-of-pocket deductible, copayment, or coinsurance costs incurred due to the treatment of cancer.
  2. A one-time cash payout of $25,000, upon the firefighter’s initial diagnosis of cancer.

If the firefighter elects to continue coverage in the employer-sponsored health plan or group health insurance trust fund after he or she terminates employment, the benefits specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) must be made available by the former employer of a firefighter for 10 years following the date on which the firefighter terminates employment so long as the firefighter otherwise met the criteria specified in this subsection when he or she terminated employment and was not subsequently employed as a firefighter following that date.

*Cancer includes:

  • bladder cancer
  • brain cancer
  • breast cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • colon cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • invasion skin cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • large intestinal cancer
  • lung cancer
  • malignant melanoma
  • mesothelioma
  • multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • oral cavity and pharynx cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • rectal cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • thyroid cancer

*Firefighter means an individual employed as a full-time firefighter within the fire department or public safety department of an employer whose primary responsibilities are the prevention and extinguishing of fires; the protection of life and property; and the enforcement of municipal, county and state fire prevention codes and laws pertaining to the prevention and control of fires.

Please reference Florida Statute 112.1816 for specific criteria and all benefits available.