Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Survivor Benefits Bill Signed by Governor
DENVER – This afternoon, Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed State Senator Beth Martinez Humenik’s (R-Thornton) Senate Bill 148, which will provide the families of our fallen officers and other state employees with health benefits for up to 12 months as they rebuild their lives and plot a path forward.
Senate Bill 148 was approved on a 35 to 0 vote in the State Senate, while the House voted to approve it on a 63 to 1 (1 excused) vote. Previous to the passage of Senate Bill 148, health benefits for the family expired on the last day of the month the employee passed away.
“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. “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.”