NU Online News Service, Oct. 3, 11:54 a.m. – Leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police, Nashville, Tenn., and the International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, are asking Congress to add a provision protecting group life insurance benefits for emergency workers to H.R. 3210, the bill that would create the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.”
Members of Congress have been focusing mainly on reviving the private market for property-casualty insurance that protects purchasers against the risk of terrorist attacks.
Many insurers and reinsurers have retreated from the market since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
But Steve Young, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, write in their letters to Congress that many communities are also having a tough time protecting emergency workers against the risk of deaths resulting from nuclear attacks, biological attacks, chemical attacks or conventional terrorism.