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The Prescription Drug reimbursement that the Board voted to increase to $750 per year effective January 1, 2018 remains in effect through December 31, 2019. As always, the prescription medications must be for medical conditions that could reasonably be associated with exposure to toxic chemicals at Love Canal.

The Annual Physical out-of-pocket reimbursement that the Board voted to increase to $350, effective January 1, 2017, remains in effect.

The Love Canal Medical Fund Board will next meet April 12, 2019.

Today is Monday, December 10th, 2018
Love Canal Medical Fund, Inc.
The following two paragraphs describe the creation of the Love Canal Medical Trust Fund and the Love Canal Medical Fund, Inc.
  1. Creation of the Love Canal Medical Trust Fund: On December 20, 1983, the Supreme Court, State of New York, County of Niagara, approved a settlement agreement between the plaintiffs and the defendants in the case of Urban et al. vs. Occidental Chemical Corporation et al. The settlement agreement called for the establishment of the Love Canal Medical Trust Fund (LCMTF) for the benefit of the living plaintiffs of the lawsuit. The purpose of the Medical Trust Fund is to provide future benefits to plaintiffs who incur medical expenses related to medical problems, which reasonably could have been associated with exposure to toxic chemicals emanating from a former landfill in Niagara Falls, New York, known as the "Love Canal". Individuals who are eligible for benefits from the Love Canal Medical Trust Fund are limited to those thirteen hundred twenty-eight (1328) plaintiffs who entered into the settlement agreement.
  2. Creation of the Love Canal Medical Fund, Inc. On January 4, 1985, the same court ordered the establishment of a not-for-profit corporation to be named the "Love Canal Medical Fund Inc" (LCMF) to administer the Love Canal Medical Trust Fund, subject to the Court's supervision. The Court ordered that the Fund receive from the settlement the amount of one million ($1,000,000) dollars and directed that the Fund report to the Court annually concerning its activities, and that the Court approve all expenditures. The Fund's Certificate of Incorporation was filed with the Secretary of State, State of New York on August 5, 1985. All of the Board's actions are subject to Court approval.

The Love Canal Medical Fund applied for and was granted tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1989. Form 990 - Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax is filed with the Internal Revenue Service annually. A copy is available upon request.

LCMF received tax-exempt status from New York State sales tax in 1991. Payment of medical expenses from LCMF to beneficiaries is tax exempt.

To read more, visit Annual Report page and read the latest report on: Medical Benefits Plan, Submission and Payment of Claims, Claims for Board Members, Medical Appeals Board, Financial Matters, and Reporting to the New York State Supreme Court.

Background Information

Love Canal is probably the country's most notorious and infamous hazardous waste site. It wasn't the first. It wasn't the worst. But it did grab headlines, draw attention, and stimulate scientists, industrial leaders, politicians, government officials, and grassroots activists.

The Love Canal neighborhood is in the southeast section of the La Salle area of Niagara Falls, New York. William T. Love, an 1890's visionary and entrepreneur, sought to develop a planned industrial community, Model City, in the area. Waters from the Niagara River were to be routed around the Niagara escarpment (the other famous attraction of the region, Niagara Falls) to produce cheap hydroelectric power.

Model City never happened, but work on the canal to transport waters from the Niagara River did. In 1942, Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation purchased the site of the Love Canal. Between 1942 and 1953 Hooker Chemical disposed of about 22,000 tons of mixed chemical wastes into the Love Canal. Shortly after Hooker ceased use of the site, the land was sold to the Niagara Falls School Board for a price of $1.00. In 1955, the 99th Street Elementary School was constructed on the Love Canal property and opened its doors to students. Subsequent development of the area would see hundreds of families take up residence in the suburban, blue-collar neighborhood of the Love Canal.

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