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Annual Toy Drive Honoring Legacy of Deceased JCFD Captain Continues
Though COVID-19 may make the collection and delivery of donations look a little different this year, the annual Mark Lee Sr. toy drive is once accepting new unwrapped toys, food gift cards, and monetary donations to help make Christmas merrier for children and families across Jersey City. Sponsored again by the Captain Mark Lee Fund, a 501c3 charity fund launched in honor of the former Jersey City Fire Captain and 9/11 first responder who passed away in 2014 from respiratory failure, th...

COVID-19: Six Hackensack Firefighters Test Positive, 21 More Also Quarantined Out Of Caution
Six Hackensack Fire Department firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19 were isolating and 21 others who were exposed to them were quarantining out of an “abundance of caution,” authorities said. Of the six who tested positive in the past three days, “one had moderate symptoms, two had minor symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic,” Hackensack Fire Chief Thomas J. Freeman told Daily Voice on Wednesday. READ MORE: https://dailyvoice.com/new-jer...

Navigating Behavioral Health Insurance Coverage for IAFF Members
This training will introduce IAFF members and affiliate leaders to important considerations for health insurance coverage, with a focus on behavioral health services.Not all health care plans are built the same— do you know what yours covers? Are you prepared to help a member in crisis? IAFF Healthcare Advisor and Fort Worth Local 440 President Emeritus Jim Tate, will share insight on evaluating health care plan options and negotiating comprehensive coverage for members. Special consideratio...

As coronavirus fills N.J. hospitals again, a look at hospital bed capacity statewide
With New Jersey deep into the dreaded second wave of the coronavirus, hospitals are filling up again in numbers not seen in six months.New Jersey’s 71 acute-care hospitals are two-thirds full, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association.COVID-19 is partly driving that surge, with nearly 2,500 patients receiving treatment for the respiratory disease, according to data Gov. Phil Murphy released Wednesday. FULL STORY: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus...

9/11/01 FIRST RESPONDER HEALTH PROGRAM AND COMPENSATION FUND WEBINAR
On Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11am, Barasch & McGarry "Lawyers For The 9/11 Community," will be hosting a webinar discussing the rights that any past or present PFANJ member has if they were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11/01 or the months following. Many PFANJ members came to NYC to aid in 9/11 rescue and clean up operations, but have since retired or left the area. Thousands of people are likely unaware of the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund, two government progra...

MARINO “ROOKIE” BILL PASSES IN STATE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE
On November 16, 2020, A2317/S487 was passed in both houses of the state legislature. This bill, named in honor of late PFANJ President Dominick Marino, “enhances PFRS accidental death pension for surviving spouse by providing for minimum of $50,000 annually.” The bill will now move to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk to be signed into law. Full information on the bill: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/...

Coronavirus Several N.J. hospitals temporarily hit divert status partly due to increase in COVID-19 patients
Several hospitals in New Jersey have gone on divert status and stopped accepting new patients this week due in part to an increase in coronavirus patients across the state.  Nine hospitals in different parts of the Garden State reached “divert,” including St. Francis Medical Center in Mercer County and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said during a press conference in Trenton Thursday. READ MORE: https://www...