eNews FLASH – August 2014

John Howard, M.D., Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, released the following statement today:

“The World Trade Center Health Program appreciates the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) detailed and thoughtful review of the approach used by the Program to determine whether to add cancers to the list of conditions covered for medical monitoring and treatment. We take our responsibility for the Program seriously, and we are gratified that GAO found our approach fundamentally to be reasonable. We will closely review GAO’s findings and recommendations as we continue to plan and execute our duties.”

The report by the GAO, publicly released on Aug. 22, stated: “The Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)—a program of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—used a hazard-based, multiple-method approach to determine whether to add cancers to the WTCHP list of covered conditions for which treatment may be provided at no cost to an enrollee. Experts who participated in a meeting held by GAO indicated that the Administrator’s approach was reasonable but could be improved.”

The GAO report is available online at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-606external icon .

The World Trade Center Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and survivors who were in the New York City disaster area. The Program was established under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. More information on the World Trade Center Health Program can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/ .

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