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Senate Bill would extend health benefits to families of fallen deputies

Align:start Colorado Springs state senator looking Colorado Springs state senator looking Colorado Springs state senator looking to extend benefits for families of those to extend benefits for families of those to extend benefits for families of those who died in the line of duty this is who died in the line of duty this is who died in the line of duty this is following the death of deputy micah following the death of deputy micah following the death of deputy micah flick last month governor Hickenlooper flick last month governor Hickenlooper flick last month governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into law extending health signed a bill into law extending health signed a bill into law extending health benefits her state employee families but benefits her state employee families but benefits her state employee families but that would not apply to fallen deputies that would not apply to fallen deputies that would not apply to fallen deputies who work for counties like mica flick who work for counties like mica flick who work for counties like mica flick Heath gum or Zack parish all who we lost Heath gum or Zack parish all who we lost Heath gum or Zack parish all who we lost this year in Colorado News’s Laura this year in Colorado News’s Laura this year in Colorado News’s Laura Wilson explains more than two months Wilson explains more than two months Wilson explains more than two months after losing her husband the community after losing her husband the community after losing her husband the community continues to help Rachel flick rebuild continues to help Rachel flick rebuild continues to help Rachel flick rebuild her life I can’t believe it I mean just her life I can’t believe it I mean just her life I can’t believe it I mean just in 36 hours it’s been such an amazing in 36 hours it’s been such an amazing in 36 hours it’s been such an amazing transformation Fridays helping hand transformation Fridays helping hand transformation Fridays helping hand coming from American landscape coming from American landscape coming from American landscape contractors of Colorado and while contractors of Colorado and while contractors of Colorado and while there’s been no shortage of generosity there’s been no shortage of generosity there’s been no shortage of generosity from southern Colorado Rachael quickly from southern Colorado Rachael quickly from southern Colorado Rachael quickly discovered there wasn’t much in the way discovered there wasn’t much in the way discovered there wasn’t much in the way of government assistance at the state of government assistance at the state of government assistance at the state level with her family’s health benefits level with her family’s health benefits level with her family’s health benefits set to expire shortly after her set to expire shortly after her set to expire shortly after her husband’s death State Senator Bob husband’s death State Senator Bob husband’s death State Senator Bob Gardner is looking to change that I Gardner is looking to change that I Gardner is looking to change that I think it’s huge think it’s huge think it’s huge you know to have things like that in you know to have things like that in you know to have things like that in place because when you lose a spouse place because when you lose a spouse place because when you lose a spouse especially in line-of-duty death the especially in line-of-duty death the especially in line-of-duty death the last thing you want to be thinking about last thing you want to be thinking about last thing you want to be thinking about is oh my insurance is gone you know or is oh my insurance is gone you know or is oh my insurance is gone you know or how are how am I going to feed my kids how are how am I going to feed my kids how are how am I going to feed my kids Gardner has introduced a new measure Gardner has introduced a new measure Gardner has introduced a new measure Senate bill 247 it would extend health Senate bill 247 it would extend health Senate bill 247 it would extend health benefits for families of those who died benefits for families of those who died benefits for families of those who died in the line of duty by creating a police in the line of duty by creating a police in the line of duty by creating a police officers and firefighters continuation officers and firefighters continuation officers and firefighters continuation of benefits board and both city and of benefits board and both city and of benefits board and both city and county employees would be eligible for county employees would be eligible for county employees would be eligible for the benefits rachel says she plans on the benefits rachel says she plans on the benefits rachel says she plans on being involved in this process in the being involved in this process in the being involved in this process in the hope that no other grieving spouse has hope that no other grieving spouse has hope that no other grieving spouse has to I’m grateful to be a part of the to I’m grateful to be a part of the to I’m grateful to be a part of the meetings but I would love for other meetings but I would love for other meetings but I would love for other people in our position to just be able people in our position to just be able people in our position to just be able to grieve and be with their family and to grieve and be with their family and to grieve and be with their family and not have to feel like that things are not have to feel like that things are not have to feel like that things are undone as of yet you know that they are undone as of yet you know that they are undone as of yet you know that they are already well cared for and the processes already well cared for and the processes already well cared for and the processes are in place for them Laura Wilson are in place for them Laura Wilson are in place for them Laura Wilson reporting the bill was just introduced reporting the bill was just introduced reporting the bill was just introduced this week we will continue to track its this week we will continue to track its this week we will continue to track its progress for you through the legislature

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