It has been reported that resident from the town of Libby who are found to be suffering from the asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma or any other form of asbestos related disease will be able to receive federally funded medical care.

Many residents in the area were exposed to asbestos dust and fibers as a result of the former WR Grace mine in the area. A six million dollar grant has now been awarded to the Lincoln County Health Department, and this will be put towards funding mesothelioma treatment for residents that are suffering the effects of this exposure.

Screening for local residents in the area is set to begin next week, and in order to be eligible for medical funding residents will have to have lived in the area for at least six months prior to 2015, although this does not have to be six consecutive months.

Also, a minimum of ten years will need to have passed since initial exposure to asbestos, because the disease can take at least ten years to manifest and in many cases takes several decades from the time of exposure.

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