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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in First Responders

November 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in First Responders

Speaker:

John Hanson, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

In 2017, eleven states considered legislation to ease a first responder’s evidential burden to file a workers’ compensation claim for PTSD. Two states, Vermont and Maine, joined Oregon as states with first responder PTSD presumption laws. Not surprisingly, 2018 is shaping up to be a very active year for PTSD presumption legislation. Both laws are unfunded mandates and the cost to the municipal and county pools in these two states is controversial and difficult to predict.  In this webinar, we will review the history of PTSD legislation, identifying the basic regulatory mechanics and examining legislative variety among different states over the last few years. This webinar will prepare you to consider not only the future landscape of PTSD legislation but begin to construct possible risk transfer alternatives to legislation.

Attendee Takeaways:

  1. Better understanding of what has historically fueled interest in PTSD legislation - identifying the evolution of diagnosis and treatment within workers' compensation pools.
  2. Firm grasp of the mechanics of PTSD legislation - how have legislative efforts differed from state to state?
  3. Sound debate on possible solutions outside of legislation and workers' compensation.

Click here to register for this webinar.

John is a senior consultant with Willis Towers Watson, a global risk management corporation.  He has worked in the law and insurance industries for over 30 years with a focus on public policy and human capital strategies. John is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law.