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Council to consider extending benefits to families of officers, firefighters killed in line of duty

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The City-Parish Council will soon vote on changes to its rules regarding insurance policies for survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

A resolution sponsored by District 3 councilman Kenneth Boudreaux would extend health insurance coverage for survivors included on an officer's or firefighter's health insurance policy.

"They will be allowed to stay a part of the group as if their loved one was still among us and in addition to that the rates will be in line with an active employee," said Councilman Boudreaux.

A representative with LCG says the benefits would last until the survivor was Medicaid eligible.  Families would have 30 days to elect whether to keep the benefits.  

If approved, it would be retroactive to September 1st to include the Middlebrook family, and any future families of police officers and fire fighters, in the event of another tragedy.

This comes nearly two months after police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook was killed in the line of duty.  On October 1, Middlebrook was shot and killed while responding to a call at a Moss Street convenience store.

As for why, it took nearly two-months, Boudreaux said it is  process.

"There are legal ramifications. There's impact on the group as a whole. We have some 25-hundred employees in the government and when you talk about something that's grandfathered, we needed our legal team to make sure that whatever we do did not take away the grandfathering that would then affect other employees when it comes to premiums rates, deductables, etc.," said the councilman.

The council will vote on this resolution on December 5.

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