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New Federal Law Expands Benefits to Veterans Exposed to Fire Pits and Toxic Substances, Allsup Reports – InsuranceNewsNet

Belleville, Ill., August 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — President Joe Biden signed into law the bipartisan Promise to Combat Toxic Substances Act (PACT) of 2022, expanding health care and benefits for veterans exposed to combustion fireplaces during their military service. PACT acknowledges that exposure to the burn pit resulted in more than 20 conditions related to toxic exposure, according to Allsupa national supplier of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and appeal services for veterans with disabilities.

Considered perhaps the greatest expansion of health care and benefits for Gulf War-era veterans and those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the law designates medical conditions as “presumptive”. A presumptive condition does not require proof that military service caused the condition, only service in countries where fireplaces were used.

“This is a major step in recognizing the serious illnesses and living conditions that veterans face after long-term exposure to combustion fireplaces while on duty,” said Brett Buchanandirector, Disability Appeal Services for Veterans from Allsup®.

“Now that the PACT Act has been signed into law, the next phase of drafting and finalizing key regulations begins,” Buchanan added. Once the regulations are established and the law is enacted, 13 conditions related to exposure to toxic substances will be recognized immediately, including:

  • Asthma
  • Brain cancer
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Constrictive bronchiolitis or bronchiolitis obliterans
  • Emphysema
  • Glioblastoma
  • Granulomatous disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pleurisy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • respiratory cancer
  • Sarcoidosis

“However, the remaining presumptive conditions will be phased in over the next few years from October 2023 until 2026. Even with the addition of these 20 presumptive conditions resulting from exposures to burn pits and toxic substances, the effective dates for claims will be subject to the new veterans affairs (VA) regulations,” Buchanan added.

October 1, 2023

  • chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

October 1, 2024

  • Gastrointestinal cancer of any type
  • Head cancer of any type
  • Lymphoma cancer of any type
  • Lymphatic cancer of any type
  • Neck cancer of any type
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Reproductive cancer of any type

October 1, 2025

“The VA application and appeal processes can be complex and time-consuming. Although this important new law recognizes the damage caused by exposure to combustion fireplaces, claims will continue to be denied for a number of reasons. Or, if approved, the performance rating may be inadequate or insufficient. Veterans need skilled professionals who understand the inner workings of Virginia department to help them appeal denials and ultimately receive their benefits,” Buchanan said.

Allsup Accredited VA Claims Agents help veterans decide which of the three appeal options is best, based on the individual’s particular situation. They have guided veterans of all branches of service through this appeal process, helping them secure monthly income, survivor benefits, better access to Virginia health services and many other vital benefits.

Veterans can contact Allsup for confirmation of their service-related disability and assistance in determining a path forward with their Virginia disability appeals by click here to request a call; or call 1-888-372-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.

About Allsup

Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, return to work, and health care benefits services for individuals, their employers, and their insurers. Allsup professionals provide specialized services to help people with disabilities and seniors so they can live as financially secure and healthy lives as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill.near Saint Louis. Learn more about and @Allsup.


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