Senate revises gov’t funding for nuclear testing patients


The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019 (S.947) is expected to pass in the U.S. Senate, as senators push to increase compensation to Americans exposed to radiation released from nuclear testing during the Cold War.

According to the bill, it will extend the existing Radiation Exposure Compensation Trust Fund, which “compensates individuals” who contracted cancer or other radiation-related diseases from being exposed to nuclear testing.

“The bill revises the requirements governing the compensation of individuals who were exposed to radiation, including by

  • increasing the amount of compensation that an individual may receive;
  • expanding the affected area to include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico;
  • expanding eligibility requirements to include additional individuals, such as certain employees of uranium mines or mills; and
  • extending until 19 years after this bill’s enactment the statute of limitations for the filing of claims.”-