Bill benefiting families of fallen officers and state employees signed into law

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DENVER (KKTV) - A bill intended to benefit the families of fallen officers and state employees was signed into law on Wednesday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 148, which will provide the families of fallen officers and other state employees with health benefits for up to 12 months as they rebuild their lives and plot a path forward.

Before this bill was signed into law, health benefits for families in Colorado expired on the last day of the month the employee passed away. The time period proved problematic for a number of families in recent years including the family fallen El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick.

“Today, we as a State employer, took a monumental step forward towards letting our employees and their families know that we are listening, we care, and we took action. The family of a State employee who loses their life from an injury while doing their job at a state agency, now has assurance that they will not have to worry about their current insurance coverage being terminated that month. Coverage will now be extended up to one year as the family decides what path forward is best for them,” said Senator Martinez Humenik in a release. “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to bring Senate Bill 148 forward and to stand with the Governor as he signed the bill into law. Today is a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together.”

The prime sponsored of the bill included Rep. Tony Exum, Rep. Polly Lawrence, Sen. Dominick Moreno and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik.