Conn. Bill Would Require Coverage of PTSD Claims

Newtown's Board of Police Commissioners is asking legislators to change the workers' compensation laws

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013  |  Updated 11:11 AM EDT
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Conn. Bill Would Require Coverage of PTSD Claims

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Newtown Police Officer Maryhelen McCarthy places flowers at a makeshift memorial outside St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.

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The co-chairman of a Connecticut legislative committee says the panel plans to introduce a bill allowing claims of posttraumatic stress disorder to be covered under the state's workers' compensation laws, in response to the Newtown school shootings.

  Democratic Sprague Sen. Cathy Osten says the Labor and Public Employees Committee will introduce the bill in the coming days.
 
Newtown's Board of Police Commissioners is asking legislators to change the workers' compensation laws to provide appropriate benefits to police officers and others who've suffered physical and emotional injuries "as a consequence of their heroic efforts" on the job.
 
The Newtown police union said some officers who responded to the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six educators were killer, are too traumatized to work and have relied on sick time or donations to covers their salaries.

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