MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that would force the state, municipalities and universities to continue paying health-insurance premiums for the immediate survivors of police officers and emergency medical workers who are killed in the line of duty.
The bill would require the state, municipalities, the University of Wisconsin System and Marquette University to cover premiums for slain officers and medical workers’ spouses and children if they paid such premiums while the officer or worker was employed.
The coverage would last until spouses turn 65 and children turn 26. The state would reimburse municipalities for the costs. State agencies and universities could not receive reimbursement.
The Senate passed the bill 33-0 on Tuesday. It goes next to the state Assembly.