Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services has updated the Zadroga Act coverage to now include mesothelioma. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promulgated the final rule adding 58 conditions to the list of conditions eligible for coverage under the Zadroga Act. Mesothelioma was listed as one of those conditions. This is a great victory for the mesothelioma community, as the large release of asbestos at ground zero has been documented. Given the long latency period of mesothelioma (10-60 years), we have clearly not seen the end of this tragedy.
The Meso Foundation has been a vocal advocate for the addition of mesothelioma as a condition eligible for coverage and we are ecstatic to see this addition.
“We are pleased to see mesothelioma added to the list of eligible conditions for coverage under the Zadroga Act, and applaud the hard work of the original co-sponsors of the bill,” says the executive director for the Meso Foundation, Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN. “Now, we need to see the funding extended so that those who were exposed at ground zero will continue to be covered even if they are not diagnosed before 2016. It is the least we can do to honor and serve the brave men and women exposed at ground zero,” she added.
The Meso Foundation will continue to advocate Congress to ensure that first responders diagnosed mesothelioma will be eligible to access the health coverage and Victim’s Compensation Fund (VCF) established by the Zadroga Act.
Mesothelioma, a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos is considered one of the most aggressive of all cancers. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, and unlike most other cancers there is only one approved regimen for malignant mesothelioma.
ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by it. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish more effective treatments for mesothelioma and hopefully someday a cure for this rare and aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $7.6 million to research.
More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.