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Police officers may receive workers compensation for work related injuries

Date: April 23, 2013
By: Ke'yanna Johnson
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB404

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Missouri police officers would receive workers compensation coverage for work related illnesses, under a measure presented by the House Workforce Development Committee.
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Wrap: The measure provides coverage for officers who have delayed health diseases that lead to death up to six years after the illness occurred.

St. Clair Representative, Dave Hinson says the six-year agreement mirrors a federal compensation law. He says some injuries may not take effect immediately.

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Description: "Firefighters and first responders they may get an inhalation injury and it not affect their respiratory system until four, five or six years later."
 
But a representative from the Missouri Association of Counties says they are worried about the cost of coverage.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.

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A union representing cops urge lawmakers to provide workers compensation coverage for mental illness, under a measure presented by the House Workforce Development Committee.
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Wrap: The measure would provide coverage for officers who are mentally affected by work conditions.

Lobbyist Mark Bruns, of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police says officers witness tragic events while at work.

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Description: "If you look at the shootings in Newtown or the bombing in Boston or even the Joplin tornado, you know that police officers have to go through and endure some pretty gruesome things."
 

But a representative from the Missouri Association of Counties says they are worried about the cost of coverage.

Reporting form the state Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.

Intro: 
A Missouri Lobbyist urge lawmakers to defeat a measure that would provide workers compensation coverage for officers with health diseases.
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Wrap: Todd Smith, a lobbyist from the Missouri Association of Counties say they are concerned about the cost associated with coverage and the expansion the benefits.

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Description: "Considering someone has a car accident on the way to work that's now a job related injury or fatality."

The bills supporters say officers can have delayed health issue that may result in death.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Keyanna Johnson


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