State Rep. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, argued against the mandate, saying it would discourage injured workers from filing claims and indirectly shift health care costs associated with their injuries to the taxpayer instead of the employer.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse, D-Cleveland, called the change bad policy, divisive and punitive. “I hope we’ll stop going down this rabbit race and do what’s right,” she said.
The BWC budget bill passed the House on a 55-38 vote.
It includes a provision that will mandate coverage of post traumatic stress disorder as an acquired-on-the-job condition for police, firefighters and emergency medical service workers.
The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
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