June 08, 2012
VCF Covers Cancers: New ruling adds numerous cancers to illnesses covered by 9/11 VCF
The original Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was re-activated on Oct. 3, 2011, to expand compensation eligibility to people with serious physical injuries, illnesses or death connected with their work or exposure to environmental toxins (toxic smoke, dust and fumes) during the debris removal efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Until today, the VCF refused to cover numerous cancers, including mesothelioma and lung cancer, despite Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee recommendations that certain cancers be eligible for treatment under the World Trade Center Health Program.
According to a report this afternoon by The New York Times, approximately 50 types of cancers will now be added to the list of illnesses and conditions covered under the VCF thanks to the decision of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Director, Dr. John Howard, who based his decision on multiples studies. Following a public comment period of several months, the cancers will be officially added to the list of sicknesses for which people may receive compensation and treatment.
Cancers that will be covered by the VCF include:
- Bone marrow
The reports states that the decision "will allow not only rescue workers but also volunteers, residents, schoolchildren and passers-by to apply for money to pay for compensation and treatment for cancers developed in the aftermath of the attack."
Read the full report featured by The New York Times.
Learn more about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and how Motley Rice is helping those who suffered from a physical injury, illnesses or death potentially connected to 9/11 toxic exposure or debris removal efforts file their claims.