A bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of injuries that are reimbursable to injured civil servants is awaiting a signature from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
S.B. 107 passed the State House of Representatives unanimously on May 29 and moved to the Governor's office for his consideration. The bill unanimously passed Louisiana Senate on May 8.
The proposed legislation amends the applicable law by requiring workers compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters and all state police employees to include coverage for PTSD when caused by a traumatic event that occurred during employment. The bill also requires that disabilities for emergency medical services, police department workers or firefighters include PTSD coverage.
S.B. 107 excludes disabilities paid according to the state's public pension or pension system from coverage of PTSD as an assumed occupational disease.
.gov. Edward's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.