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2014 House Bill 5608: Provide insurance to fallen public safety dependents
  1. Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on May 28, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage the decedent received from any source at the time of his or her death. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on May 28, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on June 4, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on June 11, 2014, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on June 11, 2014, to eliminate the requirement that the proposed benefits be halted when a dependent is getting coverage from another source only if the alternative insurance is "comparable". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on June 11, 2014, to clarify the wording in a provision that defines "dependents". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 11, 2014.
  2. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage plan provided to Michigan State Policy troopers. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on July 16, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 16, 2014.

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