This important piece of Legislation is being debated in the Idaho Legislature right now. Read the brief overview in this update and make sure your representatives know you support it. It provides a tangible benefit to our First Responders who are severely injured in the course of their duties.
Call to Action:
Contact your Idaho House Representative to encourage them to support this bill (see the link below to find out who your Representative is). See the attached PDF - Letter from the Idaho Police Chiefs & Idaho Sheriffs Association for details on this bill.
Update on progress:
Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee & Full Senate: Approval
House Commerce and Human Resources Committee Unanimous Approval & going to House floor
SB 1096 -Victory! The Idaho First Responder "Catastrophic Injury" Legislation has now passed both the full Senate & House and is on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed. All indications are that he will sign it. Thank you to everyone for your support and letting your voice be heard!
Idaho First Responders, their families, Legislators, and supporters of first responders from both sides of the aisle, came together to lead the way in taking care of our Everyday Heroes. Senate Bill 1028 addressed the much needed coverage for first responders to be eligible under the State Worker’s Compensation Plan for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims.
Idaho SB 1028: “RELATING TO WORKER'S COMPENSATION; AMENDING SECTION 72-451, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIES AFFECTING FIRST RESPONDERS SHALL BE COMPENSABLE.”
SB 1028 was signed into law by Governor Brad Little, and took effect on July 1, 2019.
Previously, first responders in Idaho were only allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim for PTSI/PTSD if it accompanied a physical injury. The state law now allows for a Mental Health claim, not just a Mental/Physical claim. The law covers police, fire, EMS, and dispatchers as well as volunteer first responders.
YOUR HELP IS STILL NEEDED!
Idaho’s PTSI legislation provided a much needed resource for first responders dealing with work-related trauma. However, it came with a ‘sunset’ clause, voiding the law on July 1, 2023.
Stay tuned for updates and calls for action.
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Ins and Outs of Idaho's PTSI/PTSD Law and Worker's Compensation Coverage for 1st Responders
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