This week, the House Insurance Committee held another hearing on House Bill 308, which would provide PTSD coverage for emergency first responders through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Supporters of the bill included firefighter groups, psychiatrist associations, academics, and doctors. Interestingly, no major police associations provided proponent testimony.
The business community remains opposed to a mental/mental expansion of workers compensation, but has long offered solutions and coverage opportunities so that first responders could receive treatment outside of the workers’ compensation system. 10/23/2019