Article in the Insurance Journal regarding an asbestos screening in Dallas, to test workers for asbestos disease.  The article said the screening was paid for by a $250,000 grant from the state of Texas.  The grant covered screening 300 people.  The waiting room at the screening overflowed, as many more people showed up than there was room for, and not all people who wanted a screening were helped.  Texas recently passed lawsuit reforms, which legislated away the right of sick workers to pursue asbestos manufacturers for causing disease, in most cases.  Asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The lawsuit reform in TX halted free screenings provided by attorneys – the way most people were able to find out if they had asbestos disease.  The result of lawsuit reform in Texas is that ordinary people aren’t getting the care they had before the reforms and the state is having to pick up the bill.  And as evidenced by the story, they are not even able to handle picking up the tab.

The quote from the story says it all: “People are hurting and sick, and they’re looking for any way to get help”.