Report: Federal Government to Acknowledge 9/11 Cancer Link
There is word that the US government will acknowledge the link between 9/11 first responders and cancer, 11 years after the attacks. Those who risked their lives to rush toward Ground Zero as it burned and later sifted through debris, breathed in toxic dust for weeks. Many of those people are now sick or have already died. Currently, the fund meant to cover 9/11-related health problems includes only a short list of illnesses, cancer not being among them.
As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, these reports are welcome news, albeit delayed, in the eyes of many of those courageous people and their families.
Dr. Arthur Caplan, who runs the division of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, appeared on Studio B to discuss what specifically is set to change. The list of diseases eligible for reimbursement will be extended, which he says is a good thing.
Dr. Caplan’s stance, however, is that people who ran into the rubble and then became ill should be eligible to receive coverage without the list. If someone can prove they were at the site and are now sick, he says, “it’s time to say we’re going to cover that.”
The changes will take time because doctors will have to prove that a patient’s cancer was caused by the toxins, which could take years to result in people being compensated.