Warren County Adds Workers’ Comp to Fire & Rescue Volunteers’ Coverage
20 July 2017 News
Following a staff summary and overview by an insurance company representative on July 18, 2017, the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved the addition of a workers’ comp package for the county’s volunteer emergency services personnel.
The additional coverage is being offered by VA-CORP under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. VA-CORP Executive Director Chris Carey explained that legislative changes to state codes taking effect July 1 made the inclusion of workers’ comp for volunteer emergency services personnel a more viable financial option.
Of the coverage addition Carey said, “It benefits the volunteers and it benefits the county as well.” For the county that benefit is seen as a tool of recruitment and retention of the crucial volunteer aspect of county emergency services.
Asked for comment on the annual $14,400 dollar addition to the county’s insurance coverage, Fire Chief Richard Mabie said, “It’s a no brainer.”
Even with that additional cost, coupled with a corresponding $30,000 proposal for accident and sickness coverage, the county will save slightly over $600 in annual coverage health insurance costs.
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