OTTAWA EXPANDS THALIDOMIDE PAYMENTS

May 22, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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There are more details from Ottawa on a multi-million-dollar compensation package – for thalidomide victims.

Almost 100 eligible survivors have now received a one-time, tax-free payment of $125,000 – to cover their immediate needs.

Those payments were promised back in March as part of a 180-million dollar pledge of support from the government – to those victims whose mothers took the drug while pregnant –  in the 1950s and 60s.

That promise also committed to yearly support payments – and an Extraordinary Medical Assistance Fund.

The feds have now revealed more specifics on how that money will be allocated – starting next year.

Those who are eligible for yearly payments will receive either $25,000, $75,000 or $100,000 tax free – depending on how their existing condition is assessed by a third-party administrator.

An additional half-a-million dollars has been set aside in the emergency fund – designed to cover extraordinary medical expenses.

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