Kildee, Stabenow, Peters introduce legislation ensuring health care for veterans harmed by PFAS chemicals
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and members of the PFAS Task Force Thursday introduced legislation to ensure that veterans and their families exposed to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals at military installations get the health care services and benefits they need through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). The Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET PFAS Act) would require the VA to cover treatment for any health condition found to be associated with exposure to PFAS exposure. Under this bill, illnesses connected to PFAS exposure will also be considered a service-connected disability, making veterans exposed to PFAS eligible for disability payments and medical treatment from the VA. The VET PFAS Act is also sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11), Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) and Congresswoman Anne Kuster (NH-02).