U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, introduced a bill in Congress to help veterans, reserve officers and their families who were exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic group of man-made chemicals used in military firefighting foam.
Senate Bill 1023, introduced April 3, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover treatment of certain health conditions caused by exposure to PFAS, including: high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Several states are considering their own measures to regulate PFAS products. A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers recently introduced legislation to ban firefighting foam containing PFAS at the state level. (See "The fight over PFAS.")