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January 22, 2013

Newtown shooting prompts review of workers' compensation benefits

Currently, the workers' compensation system does not recognize PTSD

By Keith M. Phaneuf
Record-Journal

MERIDEN, Conn. —The shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month are prompting a close review of a workers' compensation system that doesn't recognize post-traumatic stress disorder and that limits mental- health benefits to emergency personnel who are the victims of violence.

Although state legislators could carve a special exception into Connecticut's workers' compensation system to help emergency personnel, educators and others emotionally scarred by the Newtown shooting, the December tragedy also raised a larger question that may take longer to answer.

Full story: Newtown shooting prompts review of workers' compensation benefits

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