16 Apr 2009

Marshalls nuclear test victims told to reapply for health care funding

3:41 pm on 16 April 2009

The Marshall Islands has been told that if it wants U.S. Congressional funding for health care and other programmes for nuclear test victims, it needs to officially request it.

U.S. Senate and House committee staff have told Marshalls officials that if they wanted to see Senate bill 1756 or other similiar legislation, then top officials needed to make a request.

Bill 1756 included 4.5 million US dollars annually through 2023 to expand a medical programme for islanders affected by the 67 American nuclear weapons tests.

It also established eligibility of Marshall Islanders who worked at the Bikini and Enewetak nuclear test sites for a Department of Labor nuclear workers compensation programme for American test site workers.