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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Police reserve officers. Provides that a county, city, or town shall furnish without charge to a police reserve officer (officer) who is injured or contracts an illness in the course of or as the result of performing duties as an officer all necessary physician, surgical, hospital, and nursing services and supplies and that this obligation supersedes any obligations that another medical insurance carrier has to pay the officer's medical expenses. Provides that an officer who is unable to pursue the officer's usual vocation as the result of an injury or illness occurring in the course of or as the result of the performance of duties as an officer is entitled to receive a weekly amount equal to the Indiana minimum wage computed on the basis of a 40 hour workweek for a maximum of 260 weeks. Provides that an officer who dies from or is totally and permanently disabled as the result of an injury occurring in the course of or as the result of performing duties as an officer is entitled to receive at least $150,000. Provides that, if a disability prevents an officer from performing any reasonable employment, a county, city, or town may pay a disability benefit for the life of the officer and coordinate its payments with the officer's other benefits. Provides that a county, city, or town may meet its obligations by purchasing policies of group insurance, establishing a plan of self-insurance, or participating in the medical treatment and burial expense provisions of the worker's compensation and occupational diseases law.