Senate passes bill to extend medical coverage to families of fallen officers

  • Source: KTVA-TV CBS 11 Anchorage
  • Published: 04/19/2017 09:35 PM

The Alaska Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday aimed at extending health insurance coverage to families of peace officers killed in the line of duty. The measure was first introduced in 2015 after state troopers Scott Johnson and Gabriel Rich were killed while responding to a call in Tanana in 2014. Johnson’s widow, Brandy, has spent the following years lobbying to keep healthcare benefits for her family. She says that coverage was the only reason her husband continued working as a trooper beyond his 20-year mark and two of Johnson’s children have needed medical procedures since his death.


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