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Clarke County sets high-risk insurance for firefighters as a priority

23 April 2020 Clarke County News


The Clarke County Board of Supervisors is hoping to establish high-risk insurance for paid firefighters and medics. The high-risk insurance would allow older firefighters and medics, who are more prone to health problems, to retire a few years earlier. The insurance would patch them through the years between retirement and Social Security. The County is unable to immediately put the insurance in place, but they have listed it as a priority. If funding is sufficient as the year continues, the insurance will be implemented. The board plans to have an actuarial study to determine when the most cost-effective time to fund the insurance would be.

Currently, the county has trouble recruiting paid rescue personnel because of the lack of high-risk insurance. Notably, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Berryville Police Department already offer high-risk insurance.

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