New Funding Bill Demands VA to Reveal Plans for Adding Agent Orange Diseases to List

A federal funding bill that was introduced this month will require Veterans Affairs leaders and lawmakers to reveal plans regarding the addition of new diseases to the Agent Orange presumptive conditions list.

According to an article published by the Military Times, “The legislation includes a provision requiring VA to report to Congress within 30 days the reasons for a two-year delay in announcing any decisions, a cost estimate for adding new diseases and the date VA plans implement a decision. Although the bill doesn’t name the conditions under consideration, the list includes bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s-like tremors, and hypertension. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2016 said there is suggestive evidence that the first three diseases are linked to herbicide exposure. Meanwhile, in November 2018, the Academies said sufficient evidence exists to connect hypertension and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, or MGUS, a blood disorder that can cause some cancers, to defoliants.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability