Effective July 1, 2021, Act 168 (S.C. Code Ann. § 23-9-197) establishes the South Carolina Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan.
This Program must conform to SC Code of Laws §23-9-197 and any insurance law and/or regulations promulgated by the State of South Carolina. Eligible claims will be paid for a qualifying cancer diagnosis, where the diagnosis occurred on or after July 1, 2021. Benefits to an eligible firefighter upon diagnosis include:
Cancer Definition and Types of Cancer Covered: Pursuant to SC Code of Laws §23-9-197 (A)(1), “cancer” includes malignant neoplasms of the following body areas and organ systems:
Plan Eligibility Requirements for South Carolina Firefighters: Pursuant to SC Code of Laws §23-9-197, the following definitions apply when determining eligibility for the Plan:
Proof of eligibility may include, but is not limited to:
Service Operational Timeline: The benefits of the Plan are operational and provide coverage to eligible firefighters who are diagnosed with a covered type of cancer on or after July 1, 2021.
Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan is effective as of July 1, 2021.
Yes, this program is available for volunteer firefighters.
Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit insurance coverage is underwritten by AXIS Insurance Company under form series number VFCD-001-0220-SC. Full terms and conditions of coverage, including effective dates of coverage, benefits, limitations, and exclusions, are set forth in the policy.
To start your cancer claim, please provide your information as the Claimant as well as the information of the Chief/Authorized Member of your Fire Department/Forestry Commission. This Chief will validate your eligibility for this benefit. If you do not know the Chief information, please input “Zorrina Harmon” as the Chief First and Last Name and "Zorrina@scfirefighters.org” as the Chief Email and she will validate your eligibility. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Zorrina Harmon.
Before starting a claim, please certify that the FIVE points below can be verified and are true: