Four more cancers to be covered by insurance program for 9/11 first-responders
The United States Department of Health and Human Services program that provides care to first-responders injured during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will now extend coverage to victims with four types of cancer previously not considered.
Starting in around two months, first-responders seeking treatment for brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer and invasive cervical cancer can request aid from the federal World Trade Center Health Program.
Those conditions have all previously been disqualified from the list of diseases covered by the program, but on Tuesday this week the Dept. of Health and Human Services issued an interim regulation that now qualifies them as “rare cancers,” therefore allowing affected first-responders to have their individuals cases considered for coverage.
Previously, first-responders who suffered from those conditions did not qualify to receive assistance under the federal program established to help those hurt during the 9/11 tragedy.