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Lawmakers looking at expanding PTSD coverage law

A Connecticut law implemented last session could be expanded to provide certain workers’ compensation benefits to more emergency response workers.  The measure included police and firefighters, but not EMTs, correctional officers and emergency dispatchers. 

State Police Dispatcher Ryan Graham testified at the hearing that dispatchers were the first emergency personnel to hear the terrible details about the shooting at Sandy Hook. 

Danbury state Senator Julie Kushner led the hearing.  The Labor and Public Employees Committee must review the feasibility of extending the law and make a report to the General Assembly for the next session, which begins in February. 

Municipalities and unionized police and firefighters reached a compromise earlier this year to provide benefits for up to one year.  Police and parole officers are also currently covered under the law.

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