Belleville, Ill., Aug. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — President Joe Biden has signed into law the bipartisan Promise to Combat Toxic Substances Act of 2022 (PACT), expanding health care and benefits for exposed veterans. to combustion chambers during their military service. PACT recognizes that burn pit exposure has resulted in more than 20 toxic exposure-related conditions, according to Allsup, a national provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and appeal services. in case of disability for veterans.
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 refers to 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 life-altering conditions experienced by veterans after long-term exposure to combustion fireplaces while on duty,” said Brett Buchanan, director, Allsup Veterans Disability. Call Services.®.
“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:
- Brain cancer
- Chronic rhinitis
- Chronic sinusitis
- Constrictive bronchiolitis or bronchiolitis obliterans
- Granulomatous disease
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- respiratory cancer
“However, the remaining presumptive conditions will be phased in over the next few years, from October 2023 to 2026. Even with the addition of these 20 presumptive conditions resulting from exposures to combustion fireplaces and toxic substances, the dates Effective date 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 trained professionals who understand the inner workings of the VA department to help them appeal denials and ultimately receive their benefits,” Buchanan said.
Allsup’s VA-accredited claims agents help veterans choose among the three best appeal options, depending on the individual’s specific situation. They have guided veterans of all branches of service through this appeals process, helping them secure a monthly income, survivor benefits, better access to VA health services, and many other vital benefits.
Veterans can contact Allsup for confirmation of their service-related disability and assistance in determining the next course of action with their VA disability appeals by clicking here to request an appeal; or call 1-888-372-1190, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.
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 companies. insurance. Allsup professionals provide specialized services to help people with disabilities and seniors so they can lead as financially secure and healthy lives as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Learn more at Allsup.com/veterans and @Allsup.
Brett Buchanan, Director, Allsup Veterans Disability Appeals Services®