Idaho governor to sign first responder PTSD bill into law

The bill would cover physiological PTSD injuries to first responders under workers comp


By News Staff

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The governor is expected to sign a bill that would include PTSD coverage without a corresponding physical injury.

KHQ reported that Idaho Gov. Brad Little is expected to sign a bill that states first responders must have “clear and convincing evidence” of physiological injury to be covered for PTSD under workers comp.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is expected to sign a bill that states first responders must have “clear and convincing evidence” of physiological injury to be covered for PTSD under workers comp. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
Idaho Gov. Brad Little is expected to sign a bill that states first responders must have “clear and convincing evidence” of physiological injury to be covered for PTSD under workers comp. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

For Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White, the inclusion of non-physical injuries is huge.

“It was chin up, macho, come back to work, don’t talk about these sorts of things,” he said, remembering how things used to be. “We’re doing a much better job in 2019 then we were in, say, 2006 or beyond in identifying PTSD issues or other stress-related injuries that an officer or firefighter may experience.”

Little is expected to sign the bill at a ceremony on March 12.

 

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