House Passes Bill to Stand with First Responders

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For Immediate Release

April 14, 2017

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Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House passed legislation today that gives emergency responders access to worker’s compensation benefits for mental health injuries. The bill passed on a voice vote today. A preliminary vote yesterday showed overwhelming support.

“As a former EMT, I know the impact that this job can have on the mental health of our emergency service community,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. “While these injuries may not be visible, treating them is just as critical. We are all safer and our communities are healthier when we support the courageous people who take care of us on our worst days.  Vermonters who are first on the scene in emergencies deserve to have access to the care they need.”

Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas of Bradford is the lead sponsor of the legislation. “These brave men and women who put themselves at risk to keep us safe deserve our support. When that heroic duty leaves them with a debilitating injury, it is only right that we make sure they can get treatment,” she said. “This legislation is the least we can do in order to take care of the men and women who take care of us. Supporting our emergency responders strengthens our communities while keeping Vermonters healthy and safe.”

The legislation will now move to the Senate for consideration.