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Cancer-stricken firefighter files lawsuit against state & city, claims they are blackballing him out of medical benefits

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A cancer-stricken St. Petersburg fire lieutenant is suing the state of Florida for medical benefits he says he deserves.

According to WFTS, Lt. Jason Francis, who has been protecting the city for 16 years, was diagnosed with cancer in January. He applied for benefits to help him cover his medical bills under a new law, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in May, and was denied those benefits because his diagnosis came before the law went into effect in July.

He says the city and state are now blackballing him and other firefighters out of benefits they deserve.

Lt. Francis is arguing that the law doesn’t explicitly say if, or how far back, benefits can be retroactive.

It’s believed this is the first lawsuit challenging the recently enacted law.

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