The move to expand PTSD benefits comes just one year after lawmakers reached a landmark compromise to cover police and firefighters.
The House of Representatives unanimously voted for legislation expanding post traumatic stress disorder benefits to first responders, but some lawmakers said the bill isn’t inclusive enough.
A day after one bipartisan deal to expand post traumatic stress disorder benefits to first responders bogged down, Democratic and Republican senators approved a revised bill.
A plan to expand workers’ comp benefits for police and firefighters with PTSD broke down when the GOP offered a last-minute amendment to include all emergency medical personnel.
Lawmakers want to provide police and firefighters suffering from post traumatic stress disorder with up to one year of workers’ compensation coverage.
Lawmakers, labor advocates and municipal leaders will announce a long-awaited compromise Monday on PTSD benefits for police and firefighters.
The military’s health program falls significantly short in providing mental health care to active service members, according to a RAND Corp. study published Thursday. The study focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, the two most common mental health conditions experienced in the armed services.
Expanded workers’ compensation coverage for police and firefighters, one of the most heavily lobbied issues of the 2015 session, is likely to die from inaction in the House of Representatives, legislative leaders said Wednesday.
The Senate voted 25 to 11 early Friday for legislation expanding workers’ compensation for police and firefighters, overcoming complaints that the new unfunded mandates would be financially ruinous to cities and towns in Connecticut.
Conley Monk was given a choice as a 21-year-old Marine lance corporal struggling with drugs and nightmares after combat in Vietnam: Accept a less-than-honorable discharge or face an indefinite stay in a base brig on Okinawa. He took the ticket home. Now 65 and recently diagnosed with PTSD, he is lead plaintiff in a suit filed Monday on behalf of Vietnam veterans trying to upgrade their discharge status.