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Bill would require comp to cover opioid detox



Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill that would require workers compensation payers to cover detoxification treatment for injured workers who were prescribed opioids for more than a year.

The latest version of H.B. 5883, introduced by Rep. Michael Winkler, D-Vernon, in January, was filed with the State Legislative Commissioner on Friday and opposed by state-owned business organizations, according to public hearings filings with the state.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Connecticut Business & Industry Association in February submitted a letter to the state that injured workers are already offered drug rehabilitation services as needed and that workplace insurance already covers detoxification programs, by state law adopted in 201

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Also filed with the legislative commissioner's office was the SB 164, a bill with three sponsors that would provide complete coverage for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder if certain provisions were met.

According to the bill, filed on March 18, "in the case of a police or firefighter, diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed and board-certified psychiatric professional and determined by such a professional is to be from a police or fireman who visually witnesses the death of a or more people and who are not the result of some natural cause and the visual witness of such death or belly, or the visual witness of the aftermath of such death or murder, occurred when police or firefighters were engaged in the toll line. " If they passed both would enter into force on 1 October.

                    


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