LIBBY, Montana – Over 200 asbestos victims have received their portion of a $43 million settlement after becoming ill due to asbestos exposure from the former W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine at Libby.
The settlement, which was approved in September 2011 by District Court in Helena, names a total of 1,128 asbestos victims. A resolution for another 600 claimants is close, but unfortunately, hundreds of other victims will have to wait until they can obtain a release from Medicare liens.
In cases where private insurance companies or the Grace Libby Medical Plan paid victims, no lien was placed. However, those with Medicare have to wait until they can obtain the green light to claim their settlement.
“Where Medicare has paid, it has a right by statute to recoup what it paid from settlements obtained by Libby asbestos disease patients,” said Jon Heberling, a Kalispell attorney and joint counsel for Libby claimant. “Since September when the state of Montana settlement was approved by the court, counsel for the Libby asbestos disease patients have worked closely with Medicare officials to fast track release of the Medicare liens.”
It is likely that the remaining claimants will be evaluated individually, but luckily, Medicare has agreed to an expedited review process.
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