Report: PTSD Legislation is Increasing Costs, Not Care

In state legislatures across the U.S., there’s growing support to provide workers’ compensation benefits to first responders who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even if there’s no physical injury. But according to an insurance publication, in states where benefits have been expanded, things aren’t going as intended as the changes are leaving some first responders without care — and municipalities “struggling to cover the costs.”

In its story, Business Insurance quotes several experts, including one who said: “The cost is extraordinary. The reality is that a large number of these claims … are all heavily litigated or arbitrated, and a really high percentage of these claims are not readily paid.” 2/11/2020