Selfie Edition of Health Wonk Review; 9-11 Remembrance

September 11th, 2015 by Julie Ferguson


It’s the Health Wonk Review Selfie Edition! Kicking off the back-to-school season, our health wonkers have their collective noses to the grindstone. Steve Anderson has an excellent Selfie Edition of Health Wonk Review posted at blog. It includes a great roundup of posts running the gamut from new medical technologies to developments in the Affordable Care Act, a look back at Medicare on its 50 year anniversary, and much more. It’s a robust kickoff for the new season – check it out.

In other news, on this date, we remember 9/11

Our condolences to all who lost loved ones on 9-11, with a particular tribute to the many heroic 9-11 first responders – both those who lost their lives, and those who continue to suffer today with the mental and physical after-effects.

A few weeks ago, we saw the passing of Marcy Borders, a 9/11 survivor who was captured in a riveting photo that became iconic of the tragedy. She was on the 81st floor of the WTC North Tower when the plane struck. Borders was 42 years old at her death – she died of cancer.

Writing about Borders and the high incidence of 9-11 related cancers, Mollie Reilly of Huffington Post notes:

“The number of cancer cases linked to Sept. 11 has grown in recent years. As of May 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 4,000 first responders, rescue workers and survivors who have been diagnosed with cancer linked to the attacks. According to the CDC, skin cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are among the most common illnesses among those individuals.”

For a graphic and sobering account of living with the legacy of having experienced the toxic chemical cloud of 9/11, see Michael McAuliff’s first-hand report: September 11 Toxic Dust: Deciphering My Pocketful Of Terror


Our thoughts also turn to the many in our industry who lost their lives while doing their jobs. Marsh lost 293 colleagues and 63 consultants and Aon lost 176 colleagues. Astounding still today. Hug a colleague in their memory. Be kind to those around you.

Robert Hartwig and Claire Wilkinson of the Insurance Information Institute have produced some reports on the impact of 9/11 on the insurance industry.

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