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Ohio governor signs PTSD presumption bill into law


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday signed into law a bill that establishes a fund to compensate first responders who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder without a corresponding physical injury.

H.B. 308, which passed the House in a 74-22 vote and unanimously passed the Senate in December, will allow public safety officers who have been diagnosed with PTSD to be compensated through a fund overseen by the state’s director of budget and management and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

The fund is independent of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which provides compensation for PTSD but only when it is accompanied by a physical injury.

The law also requires a study of the administration of the funds be conducted and delivered to the state legislature by Oct. 1, 2021.


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