CDC Rejects Autoimmune Disease Coverage For 9/11 Workers

Law360, New York (July 10, 2015, 7:27 PM EDT) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 9/11 health program said Friday it will not cover responders diagnosed with encephalitis of the brain, reaffirming its June decision that there is not enough evidence tying working at the site of the terrorist attacks and autoimmune diseases.

The petitioner, a 9/11 responder, only included evidence of one study that showed a link to autoimmune diseases, but not encephalitis of the brain, the agency's denial said. Since that was the only proof included, the CDC declined to further look into recommending it be considered for coverage under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act....

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