Senator Karla Bigham Announces Unanimous Approval of Plan to Add PTSD as Workers’ Compensation Condition for First Responders
St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) today announced that the Minnesota Senate unanimously approved by a 61-0 vote new recommendations submitted by the Workers Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC). Included in the recommendations is a plan co-authored by Sen. Bigham to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying workers’ compensation condition (Senate File 125).
“My dad is a retired firefighter and my brother is a long-time Captain of the Cottage Grove Fire Department, so caring for our first responders is an issue that is especially near and dear to my heart,” said Sen. Bigham. “These heroes who protect and assist us during times of death, disaster and chaos see some very ugly sights, which has a big impact on their mental health and quality of life. By adding PTSD as a workers comp condition, we can provide our first responders with the support people in this difficult line of work deserve.”
The WCAC is made up of labor, business, and other stakeholders. It was created to iron out agreements relative to workers compensation statutes before a bill comes to the Legislature. WCAC’s recommendations must be supported by a majority of business and labor members. The recommendations approved May 17 also has the support of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).