ST. PAUL, Minn. – In an overwhelming show of bipartisan support, state legislators passed a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to corrections employees who are injured on the job and become permanently disabled.
Every member in the house voted in favor of the bill Monday. Last week, every member in the senate voted in favor of the bill.
KARE 11 first learned of the issue from former corrections employee Dave Kampa. Kampa is no longer able to work after an inmate attacked him at the Stillwater prison in 2010. He suffered a severe concussion and has trouble remembering things and speaking.
Under state law, police officers and firefighters remain on their health insurance plan if they're unable to work after getting hurt on the job, but corrections officers are not afforded the same benefit.
Kampa says he went from paying about $200 a month for insurance to $1600 a month. This father and husband has been working with his union, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, to get Minnesota corrections employees covered if they are totally and permanently disabled.
Kampa told KARE 11 he felt like a burden had been lifted after hearing the news the legislature passed the bill Monday.
Governor Mark Dayton still has to sign it into law, but he has said he supports the bill.