Burgum indicators invoice on medical health insurance for relations of fallen legislation enforcement businesses
Fifty-eight law enforcement officials have died while on duty in North Dakota, according to the state Officer Down Memorial Page. Now many of these family members have one less bill to worry about.
Governor Doug Burgum signed a bill to cover health insurance costs for family members of law enforcement officers who die on duty. Several police officers attended the signing of the bill, as did Mandy Holte, whose husband, Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, was killed last May.
The law requires the state pension system to provide insurance to the surviving spouse and relatives of a rescue worker – including peacekeepers, correctional staff, rescue workers, and firefighters – free of charge.
“Part of my swearing-in ceremony for new officers is that I always greet the spouses to pin down their new officers and I greet them in the law enforcement family,” said Mark Nelson, Grand Forks Police Chief. “I also tell them that I cannot promise that I will get your family member out of the way, but I can promise that they are well run, well educated, well equipped and we will take care of this family no matter what . “
The law applies retrospectively, so insurance coverage is offered to those in whom a family member only died in 2010.