Recommendations Made to Cover Cancers Under 9/11 Heath Care Act

An advisory medical panel recommended more than 30 types of cancer be covered by the Zadroga 9/11 health care act for those injured or sickened by exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

According to workers, data shows a variety of cancers including blood, digestive, skin, oral and respiratory are linked to dust at the World Trade Center after the 2001 attack. Cancer was not included in the original Zadroga health care bill.

The administrator of the health care program, however, has asked for more conclusive evidence. The committee was scheduled to present its findings April 2. If the government accepts the recommendations, cancer victims would be eligible to apply for a share of the $2.8 billion compensation fund.

Officials say even after the committee’s recommendations are made, it will be a tough political fight deciding what cancers to add and what can be afforded or not.

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