April 17, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Haadsma, Sabo and Coleman and referred to the Committee on Insurance.
A bill to amend 1969 PA 317, entitled
"Worker's disability compensation act of 1969,"
(MCL 418.101 to 418.941) by adding section 407.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 407. (1) In the absence of non-work-related causation or
specific incidents that establish a cause independent of
employment, post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to arise out
of and in the course of employment for any of the following
individuals who, at the time the post-traumatic stress disorder
manifests itself, are exposed to the hazards incidental to the
provision of police services, fire suppression, rescue, or
emergency medical services in the performance of the individual's
(a) A member of a fully paid fire or police department of a
city, township, or incorporated village employed and compensated on
a full-time basis.
(b) A member of a fully paid public fire authority employed
and compensated on a full-time basis.
(c) A county sheriff and the deputies of the county sheriff.
(d) A member of the state police.
(e) A member of a fully paid fire department of an airport
operated by a county, public airport authority, or state university
(f) A conservation officer.
(g) An officer of the motor carrier enforcement division of
the department of state police.
(2) The presumption under subsection (1) may be rebutted by
scientific evidence that the individual experienced a psychiatric
stressor independent of work, and that this was a significant
factor in the cause, aggravation, or progression of the post-
traumatic stress disorder. Mere evidence that the post-traumatic
stress disorder was preexisting or an abstract medical opinion that
the employment was not the cause of the post-traumatic stress
disorder is not sufficient to overcome the presumption in