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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday signed into law a bill that expands workers compensation coverage in certain situations that result in mental or emotional impairments.
S.B. 164, a bipartisan bill that passed both the Connecticut House and Senate unanimously in May, amends the state’s current workers compensation statutes to include parole officers along with police officers for the purposes of coverage of mental or emotional impairments for police and parole officers that arise from a physical injury, occupational disease or diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The law also provides for the compensability of psychiatric care stemming in cases where a policy officer has fired his firearm or electronic defense weapon in the course of his or her official duties.
The amended law takes effect June 30.
The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved a 17% decrease in rates for workers compensation insurance for 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year that rates have dropped, state Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade announced on Tuesday.