Meso Foundation reports 9/11 victims will be covered for mesothelioma related to WTC toxins
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation reports that as of last night, the Zadroga Act will now include coverage for mesothelioma believed to be related to toxic exposure on 9/11. Among the many toxins released at the World Trade Center site was asbestos, which has been linked to the development of mesothelioma.
In a statement, the Meso Foundation says, “This is a great victory for the mesothelioma community, as the large release of asbestos at ground zero has been documented. Given the long latency period of mesothelioma (10-60 years), we have clearly not seen the end of this tragedy. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has been a vocal advocate for the addition of mesothelioma as a condition eligible for coverage and we are ecstatic to see this addition.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added 58 conditions to the list of conditions eligible for coverage under the Zadroga Act. The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was signed into law by President Obama in early 2011. This legislation ensures those affected by 9/11 continue to receive monitoring and treatment services for 9/11-related health problems at least through 2015.
The Meso Foundation has been working since the tragedy of 9/11 on behalf of those exposed to toxins that cause mesothelioma. Read more about their efforts at www.curemeso.org. September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
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