MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that extends health insurance to the immediate survivors of police officers and emergency medical workers who were killed in the line of duty.
Evers signed the bill on Wednesday. He said in a statement that ensuring survivors have coverage is the least officials can do for fallen officers and emergency medical workers.
The bill requires the state, municipalities, the University of Wisconsin System and Marquette University to cover premiums for spouses and children of officers and emergency medical workers who die in the line of duty. The coverage will last until spouses turn 65 and children turn 26.
The state will reimburse municipalities for the costs. State agencies and universities aren’t eligible for the reimbursements.