Workers Comp Coverage Refused for Mental StressA 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.