- Dole/Jeffords Amendment
AMENDMENT *O. Calendar No.
Purpose: To proVide health care benefits for individuals exposed
in utero to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune,
.' North Carol~na.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES-IO9th Cong., 2d Sess.
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for military
actiVities of, the Department of Defense, for military
construction, I and for defense activities of the Department
of Energy, to prescribe military personnel
strengths fo~ such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
Referred to the Committee on
and ordered to be printed
Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed
AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mrs,
herself and Mr. JEFFORDS)
At the e~d of subtitle I of title x, add the follo-wing:
2 SEC. 1084. HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS EX-
3 POSED IN UTERO TO CONTAMINATED WATER
4 AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA.
5 (a) ELIG1BILITY FOR BENEFITS
6 Veterans Affairs shall provide each ind,ividual described in
7 subsection (b)! with such health care as the Secretary de-
1 termines is needed by such individual for any health prob-
2 lem, condition, or disability that is associated with the ex-
3 posure of such individual as described in that subsection
4 (b) COVERED INDIVIDUALS. -An individual described
5 in this subsection is any individual, as determined by the
6 Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Agency for
7 Toxic Substances, who was exposed in utero to water con-
8 taminated with toxic chemicals at United States Marine
9 Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
10 (c) AUTHORITY FOR CARE To BE PROVIDED DI-
11 RECTLY OR By CONTRACT
Secretary may provide
2 health care under this section directly or by contract or
13 other arrangement with a health care provider.
14 (d) CONSTRUCTION .Nothing in this section shall be
5 construed to affect the rights or obligations of any person
16 or entity, including the Federal Government, under any
17 other law.
8 (e) NOTICE ON EXPOSURE
19 (1 NOTICE REQUIRED.
20 the Marine Corps shaJl, upon completion of the re-
21 port by the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease
22 Registry on human exposure to contaminated drink-
23 ing water at Camp Lejeune, take appropriate actions
24 to notify each person who may have been exposed to
25 such drinking water of such exposure.
ELEMENTS.- 1 (2)
notice provided under
2 paragraph (1 shall include the following:
3 (A) A description of the events resulting in
4 exposure to contaminated drinking water at
5 Camp Lejeune.
6 (B) A description of the duration and ex-
7 tent of the contamination of drinking water at
8 Camp Lejeune
9 (C) The known and suspected health ef-
10 fects of exposure to the contaminants in the
contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.
12 (D) A description of sources of additional
13 information on
4 (i) the contaminated drinking water at
Camp Lejeune; and 5
(ii) the known and suspected health 6
17 effects of exposure to the contaminants in
18 such drinking water,
19 (f) HEALTH CARE DEFINED.-In this section,
:" has the meaning given that term in 20 term "health care
of title 38, United States Code. section 1803(c)(1 21