Bill aims to expand benefits for families of state employees killed at work

Bill aims to expand benefits for families of state employees killed at work


STATE SENATE WILL EXTEND MEDICAL BENEFITS TO THE SURVIVORS OF FALLEN OFFICERS AND OTHER STATE EMPLOYEES KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. NEWS 5’S ANDY KOEN HEARD FROM THE BILL’S SPONSORS TODAY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE STATE CAPITOL HE JOINS US IN STUDIO TONIGHT WITH MORE. CURRENTLY, WHEN AN EMPLOYEE DIES … THE BENEFITS PROVIDED TO THAT EMPLOYEE END AT THE END OF THE MONTH IN WHICH THEY DIED. THIS BILL EXTENDS THOSE HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE BENEFITS TO THE EMPLOYEE’S SURVIVING FAMILY FOR A FULL YEAR. IT’S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING. “IT’S COMMON SENSE” STATE LAWMAKERS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THURSDAY TO EXTEND HEALTH BENEFITS TO THE FAMILIES OF EMPLOYEES WHO ARE KILLED ON THE JOB. “THIS BILL WILL ALLOW THE FAMILIES OF THOSE EMPLOYEES TO HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR A FULL YEAR INSTEAD OF HAVING OUT END OF THE MONTH OF THE DEATH OF THAT EMPLOYEE.” VELMA DONAHUE’S LATE HUSBAND … STATE TROOPER CODY DONAHUE, DIED ON THE 25TH OF NOVEMBER IN 2016. “SIX DAYS AFTER HE WAS KILLED, BEFORE WE HAD HIS FUNERAL,MY DAUGHTER GOT SICK. I TOOK HER TO THE DOCTOR TO BE TOLD, AFTER 11 YEAR I HAD NO HEALTH INSURANCE.” SHE SAYS THAT JUST COMPOUNDED THE STRESS OF DEALING WITH THE DEATH FO HER HUSBAND. “IT WAS VERY HARD,OUT WAS VERY SCARY.I KEPT THINKING,OF MY GOD, WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME. WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN? WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO US?” THE BILL PASSED OUT OF A SENATE COMMITTEE THIS AFTERNOON ON A UNANIMOUS VOTE. STATE REP. TONY EXUM FROM COLORADO SPRINGS IS A LEAD SPONSOR IN THE HOUSE. “THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING WITH THEIR LIVES AFTER SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS.” HE EXPECTS THE BI PARTISAN LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT WAY TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK … AND HELP GIVE GRIEVING FAMILIES IN THE FUTURE A LITTLE LESS TO WORRY ABOUT. NOW, THIS LEGISLATION ONLY AFFECTS STATE EMPLOYEES. DEPUTY MICAH FLICK OF COURSE WORKED FOR EL PASO COUNTY. AND A SPOKESMAN TOLD ME TODAY THAT THE COMMISSIONERS ARE CONSIDERING A SIMILAR CHANGE IN OUR LOCAL POLICY. DEPUTY FLICKS FAMILY WILL RECEIVE A 30-THOUSAND DOLLAR LIFE INSURANCE PAYMENT FROM THE COUNTY TO HELP THEM TROUGH THIS PERIOD. WATCHING OUT FOR YOU, ANDY KOEN

Author: Kevin Mason

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