9/11 Cancer Coverage Rule Could Imperil Fund's Longevity

Law360, New York (June 11, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT) -- A federal official's endorsement Friday of medical coverage for Sept. 11 first responders with cancer could threaten the survival of the program past its current 2016 expiration date, given the potential financial strain on the $4.3 billion fund and questions about the evidence linking the condition to dust and debris from the attacks.

Dr. John Howard, the World Trade Center Health Program administrator for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, proposed a rule that would allow first responders and certain other victims of the...
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