PTSD Coverage for First Responders Left Out of Ohio Workers’ Comp Budget

July 19, 2019

Lawmakers have approved a two-year budget for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers after missing the initial deadline at the end of June and covering the gap with a temporary budget.

The nearly $645 million funding measure for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was passed on July 17 by the Republican-led Legislature, sending the plan to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine for approval.

The budget doesn’t include a provision the House favored earlier that would have covered post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who aren’t physically injured.

The Republican leaders of the House and Senate have expressed support for such a change. House Speaker Larry Householder, of Glenford, says debate about PTSD coverage is expected to continue via separate legislation.

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