THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WORK WITH THE RESTAURANT TO NEW POLICIES, IN HOPES OF PREVENTING THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN ATTENDING OUR COVERAGE OF COLORADO TONIGHT AT 6:00, A TRACTOR TRAILER HITS AND KILLS A STATE TROOPER, HIS FAMILY ONLY LEFT WITH BENEFITS FOR SIX DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH, STATE LAWMAKERS SAY THAT IS NOT RIGHT

THEY WANT TO HELP THE FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED, WHILE PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, POLITICAL SPECIALISTS SEAN BOYD — SPECIALIST SEAN BOYD AT THE CAPITAL, WE THINK ABOUT THE THREE TROOPERS KILLED ON THE JOB RECENTLY REPORTER: BEFORE THOSE DEPUTIES DESK, AT THIS POINT, COVER STATE EMPLOYEES, STATE TROOPERS, AND SEE WORKERS, — CDOT WORKERS, THEY CAN LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE WITHIN DAYS OF LOSING THEIR LOVED ONE IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE THE FUNERAL, OVERWHELMED WITH GRIEF , IT WAS ENOUGH THAT SHE HAD LOST HER HUSBAND, BUT SHE HAD LOST HER HEALTH INSURANCE TO, WAS ALMOST UNBEARABLE — INSURANCE, TOO MY DAUGHTER GOT SICK, I TOOK HER TO THE DOCTOR, TO BE TOLD THAT AFTER 11 YEARS, I HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE

IT WAS VERY SCARY, I CAN THINKING OH MY GOD, WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME, WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN Reporter: SHE WAS STUNNED TO LEARN THAT HEALTH INSURANCE OF STATE TROOPERS EXPIRES AT THE END OF THE MONTH IN WHICH THE EMPLOYEE DIES DONAHUE DIED NOVEMBER 25, HIS FAMILY'S BENEFITS ENDED SIX DAYS LATER DECEMBER 1 IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS FOLLOWING SOMETHING LIKE THIS, THERE IS A LOT GOING ON, THE LAST THING THAT THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN TAKE THEIR KIDS TO THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE ON MONDAY

WE NEED TO DO THAT FOR THEM Reporter: STATE LAWMAKERS AGREED WE AS LEGISLATORS NEED TO STEP UP AND SAY THAT IS NOT RIGHT Reporter: THE STATE WOULD COVER BENEFITS FOR THE FAMILIES A YEAR AFTER THE EMPLOYEES DEATH IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ANY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE IN THEIR LINE OF DUTY, IF THEY ARE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, WE REMAIN THAT'S MAINTAIN THE SAME LEVEL OF COMMITMENT

I WOULD NOT WANT TO SEE ANYBODY ELSE GO THROUGH THIS Reporter: THE LAST FIVE YEARS, SIX WORKERS HAVE DIED WHILE ON THE JOB, THE BILL WOULD ONLY COVER THOSE WHO DIE AFTER IT IS SIGNED INTO LAW AND AGAIN, THOSE BENEFITS WILL EXPIRE AFTER ONE YEAR, AS FOR THE DEPUTIES WHO WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, STATE LAWMAKERS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT COUNTY GOVERNMENTS DO TO COVER THEIR FAMILIES, AND WHETHER MORE IS NEEDED, THE BILL DID PASS ITS FIRST COMMITTEE TODAY

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