A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)
Atlanta, GA (AP) - The House has unanimously passed legislation to
allow the surviving spouses of state public safety and transportation workers killed in the line of duty to continue to collect health insurance benefits.
The bill was inspired by the case of Georgia State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, gunned down during a traffic stop late last year.
The measure passed the House 163-0 on Monday.
The bill would allow LeCroy's widow Keisha to continue to receive health benefits under the state plan -- rather than the more costly COBRA plan. It would also apply to a state Department of Transportation "HERO" operator killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta last week.
House Bill 107: www.legis.ga.gov
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