World Trade Center Health Program Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The WTC Health Program is considering adding uterine cancer to the WTC-Related Conditions list.
- By Alex Saurman
- May 17, 2022
A new condition could be added to the World Trade Center (WTC) Related Conditions, a program that allows specific people affected by 9/11 to receive no-cost treatment.
According to a press release, the WTC Health Program published a notice of proposed rulemaking last week. The program, administered by NIOSH, is considering adding uterine cancer to the World Trade Center-Related Conditions list. Currently, uterine cancer is the only type of cancer not under the list.
Under the program, people who are diagnosed with conditions under the list and were directly affected by the 9/11 attacks can qualify to receive treatment at no cost.
“We know that WTC Health Program members continue to face health challenges that stem from their exposures on or in the months after 9/11,” said John Howard, M.D., administrator of the WTC Health Program and director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the press release. “The proposed rule published today in the Federal Register is the next step toward ensuring women who are enrolled in the WTC Health Program have access to the cancer care and treatment they need if their uterine cancer is related to their 9/11 exposures.”
The proposed rule is open to comment from the public until June 24, 2022. Comments can be submitted online, CDC-2022-0052, or by writing the NIOSH Docket Office.
Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.