In 2016, Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue was struck by a vehicle while on duty, passing away. Just days later, Trooper Donahue’s wife, Velma, took their daughter to the hospital for an illness.
Unbeknownst to them, they had lost their health insurance just one day before.
Senator Beth Martinez Humenik immediately went to work on what is considered one of the most important pieces of legislation during the 2018 session. Working across the aisle, Senator Martinez Humenik drafted Senate Bill 148, ensuring that the families of our first responders and other state employees who pass away while on duty are provided with health benefits for up to 12 months.
Senate Bill 148 passed both the Senate and the House with near-unanimous support, and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.