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Published February 07, 2011, 04:10 PM

Workers Comp Coverage Refused for Mental Stress

A proposal to give workers' compensation insurance coverage to emergency workers for mental stress has been defeated in the North Dakota House.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal to give workers' compensation insurance coverage to emergency workers for mental stress has been defeated in the North Dakota House.

North Dakota's workers compensation law normally doesn't cover a work incident that causes mental trauma — unless the affected person also suffers a physical injury.

Fargo Rep. Ron Guggisberg (GOOG'-is-berg) says the insurance should cover stress counseling for law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers.

Bismarck Rep. George Keiser (KY'-zur) says North Dakota workers' compensation insurance shouldn't offer mental stress treatment benefits only to a select group of workers.

Representatives voted 63-29 on Monday to defeat the insurance proposal.

The Senate has already approved a resolution to study the issue of providing workers' compensation benefits for mental stress injuries.

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