NAPO Washington Reports

NAPO Victory! Congress Passes Coronavirus Presumption Under PSOB

July 20, 2020

NAPO Victory! Congress Passes Coronavirus
Under PSOB

Today, Congress passed S. 3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which establishes a presumption under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program that an officer’s death or disability due to contracting COVID-19 is in the line of duty. The bill is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. This is a big victory for NAPO. To date, 139 officers have died in the line of duty due to COVID-19 and now their families will get the benefits they rightly deserve.

To qualify for the presumption, the officer must have:

  • Engaged in a line of duty action or activity between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021; and
  • Received a diagnosis of COVID-19 (or evidence indicates that the officer had COVID-19) during the 45-day period beginning on the last day of duty of the officer.  For death benefits, evidence must indicate that the officer had COVID-19 or complications from COVID-19 at the time of death.

NAPO worked closely with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), and his staff on this legislation and we fought to ensure its passage through the House and Senate. We look forward to President Trump signing it into law.