DeAngelo Bill to Clarify Accidental Disability Benefits for NJ State Troopers Passes Assembly

DeAngelo Bill to Clarify Accidental Disability Benefits for NJ State Troopers Passes Assembly

(TRENTON) — In an effort to ensure that all members of the New Jersey State Police pension system receive the retirement benefits they deserve, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo is sponsoring legislation to clarify the eligibility requirements of state troopers for accidental disability retirement benefits. The legislation was passed unanimously by the Plenary on Monday.

Currently, some state troopers who suffered from asymptomatic pre-existing conditions that became symptomatic after a traumatic event on the job are denied accidental disability retirement benefits, even if they were permanently or totally disabled in the line of duty. regular or assigned. Under the bill (A-5442/S-3529), State Troopers who meet the criteria would be fully entitled to collect accidental disability retirement benefits and a 10-year look-back period would be created for those who have been denied benefits before.

During Assembly approval of the bill, Assemblyman DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex) issued the following statement:

“We cannot continue to allow the New Jersey State Troopers to be denied the disability benefits they are owed. It doesn’t matter that a soldier has a pre-existing condition when, prior to a traumatic event on the job, that condition had little impact on his life.

“State Troopers rely on the State Police Retirement System to support themselves and their families when they are ready to retire or can no longer work. This bill clarifies existing law to ensure that all of our state troopers and their families are cared for in these circumstances, regardless of their pre-existing conditions.

Having already passed the full Senate, the bill now heads to the governor.

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