9/11 Health and Compensation
From 2001 – 2090: The World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
The September 11, 2001 attacks on our country exposed thousands of people to a toxic cocktail at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash sites.
Following the attack, Congresswoman Maloney began working to establish and fund the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, which would later develop into the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), and ensuring compensation for first responders and survivors, by reactivating and restructuring the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
Before these efforts were solidified into law through the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2011, Congresswoman Maloney introduced various pieces of legislation and fought for funding each year to provide the health monitoring and compensation these heroes deserve. The 2010 law authorized and funded the WTCHP and VCF through October 2016.
The World Trade Center Health Program was permanently extended, and an additional $4.6 billion was provided to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 which was signed into law on December 18, 2015. This authorized the VCF through 2020.
In October of 2018, the Special Master first indicated that she expected the VCF to face a funding shortfall. The Congresswoman immediately introduced HR 7062: Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act to fully fund and make permanent the VCF, the bill did not pass before the end of the 115th Congress.
In February of 2019, the Special Master of the VCF announced that the program would need to start awarding less money to first responders, survivors, and their families in order to make the fund last until 2020.
On February 25, Congresswoman Maloney reintroduced the Never Forget the Heroes Act, HR1327 in the 116th Congress.
On June 11, 2019, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the legislation and then unanimously passed the bill out of committee the very next day.
On July 8, 2019, just five days after NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez’s funeral, the bill’s name was changed to Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.
On July 15, 2019, the House of Representatives passed HR1327 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 402-12.
On July 23, the bill passed the Senate on a 97-2 vote.
On July 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi held an enrollment ceremony where she signed the bill to send to the President's desk.
It was signed into law on July 29.
Both the World Trade Center Health Program and September 11th Victim Compensation are effectively permanent, with the WTCHP authorized to operate until 2090 and the VCF until 2092.
More details on the Zadroga Act are available here:
- World Trade Center Health Program participation by congressional district chart
- World Trade Center Health Program participation by state
- World Trade Center Health Program participation map
- September 11th Victim Compensation Fund participation by state
- Brief factsheet on Zadroga Act programs
- Section-by-Section Summary of HR 847 as passed into law
Resources for the sick and injured:
- World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
- New York City Department of Health
- World Trade Center Health Resources from the Department of Health and Human Services
- September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Department of Justice
For other legistlation and related documents click here.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), lead sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, its reauthorization, and the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, today led 23 members of the New York Delegation in urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately release the $3.7 million in reimbursements currently being withheld from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
For the 19th time, thousands of family members and elected officials converged on the World Trade Center site Friday morning to remember those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — though this ceremony was unlike any previous commemoration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, released the following statement marking the 19th anniversary of 9/11.
NEW YORK — New York lawmakers lambasted the Trump administration Thursday over a report that millions had been taken from a health program for FDNY firefighters battling 9/11-related illnesses.
The Treasury Department withheld nearly $4 million in payments, the New York Daily News reported on the eve of the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks. The payments started dropping four years ago.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who was prime sponsor of a bill to permanently extend the national Victim Compensation Fund, slammed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
NEW YORK — New York City's highest civic honor was handed out Monday to the tireless advocates of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
"This is a somber ceremony in so many ways, even though we celebrate such good people and we celebrate a victory," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side.
The Bronze Medallion was awarded to the men and women who fought to make the Victim Compensation Fund permanent. It took years of work and many trips to Capitol Hill.
What a year we’ve had! It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to an end. With a new year—and decade—ahead, I wanted to take a look back at all that we accomplished together this year. We got a lot done working for the American people, including:
This week was a busy one, starting with an incredibly moving ceremony in New York during which our 9/11 heroes – first responders, survivors, and families – were honored for their tireless work in ensuring the permanent reauthorization and funding of the World Trade Center Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
With the marking of the anniversary of 9/11, it’s time to take a look at where we are now and take stock, 18 years after the worst attack ever on American soil — even worse than Pearl Harbor. Eighteen years after the worst terrorist attack in our country’s history.
While not everyone in so-called Generation Z might remember the World Trade Center attack, the rest of us will never forget it: The horrific events, feelings, sights, sounds and smells of that day and its aftermath will stay with us forever. The victims’ family members, of course, feel the pain the most deeply of all.
“We’ve spent eighteen years without the loved ones, coworkers, and friends who were killed on 9/11, and the grief is still fresh.
“When we pledged as a nation to ‘Never Forget’ – we made a promise to honor those lost and to thank those who answered the call in our nation’s darkest hours. This year, with the passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act to finally make the Victim Compensation Fund permanent, we turned that promise into law.