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Maryland to consider PTSD presumption



Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday jumped on the trend of extending workers’ compensation benefits to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

HB 337, which was sent to the House Economic Matters Committee, says that a first responder diagnosed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist with post-traumatic stress disorder would “under certain circumstances be presumed to have an occupational disease suffered in the course of duty and compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act.”

The bill would limit the applicability of the presumption to benefits for services related to the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for two years immediately following an initial diagnosis.

For the second time this week, Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would add crime scene investigators and 91

1 investigators to the list of professionals who qualify for the state’s PTSD presumption.

SB 352, introduced Tuesday, is a companion to HB 337, which was filed Monday.


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