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WTC Health Program Considering Addition of Prostate Cancer


Dr. John Howard, director of the World Trade Center Health Program and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is considering adding prostate cancer to the list of more than 50 cancers covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.


Howard last Tuesday published a notice of rulemaking in the Federal Register and is seeking comment on the proposal through Aug. 1.


New York claimant's attorney Troy Rosasco said in the website that Howard filed the notice in response to a petition filed by the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.


Rosasco is urging responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks who suffer from prostate cancer to register with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which was reopened by the Zadroga Act.


The rulemaking notice estimates that adding cancer to the program will boost costs by between $3.5 million and $7 million per year. Howard said in executive summary of the rule that all costs to the World Trade Center Health Program will be transferred after implementation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014.


The notice of rulemaking is here.


Rosasco's posting is here.


Source: WorkCompCentral

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