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Baucus honored for asbestos work

Baucus honored for asbestos work
Baucus honored for asbestos work

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Max Baucus, a U.S. Senator from Montana, recently won the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award for his work to help residents of Libby, Montana who have endured the deadly effects of asbestos.
Medicare for Libby Residents with Asbestos Diseases

Baucus is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and was instrumental in the authoring and passage of the healthcare bill, according to KECI in Montana. In the bill, Baucus included a section that allows residents of Libby who have an asbestos-related disease to get Medicare, regardless of their age.

“I am so honored to accept this award in honor of the people of Libby,” Baucus said, according to the news source. “I know firsthand the damage that mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases can do to families. In Libby’s case, we’ve seen what this illness can do to an entire community. We’ve got to get the town cleaned up and get them the health care they need and deserve and get back to their lives. We’ve got to stamp out asbestos related disease in Montana and everywhere else.”
Mesothelioma Devastated Libby, Montana

Libby was home to a vermiculite mine for many years and a great deal of asbestos was unearthed while it was in operation. The impact of this deadly mineral on the community has been resounding, with an estimated 400 people dying from asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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Baucus honored for asbestos work

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