9/11 Health and Compensation
On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks.
The Zadroga Act’s two critical programs providing medical treatment and compensation for 9/11 heroes – the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund – were set to shut down and stop providing medical care and compensation by 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 signed into law December 18, 2015.
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.
More on 9/11 Health and Compensation
WASHINGTON, DC- Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), chief House sponsors of the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act today announced that the bill has the support of more than half of the House of Representatives. 226 total members of the House now are now cosponsoring the bill.
We had a very busy week in DC so I wanted to highlight some important developments and victories.
Fighting to Give Our 9/11 Heroes the Compensation They Deserve
On Monday, I joined with 9/11 first responders, survivors, their families and Jon Stewart to introduce a bipartisan bill that will fully fund and make permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, released the following statement following the announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will need to make severe cuts to compensation awards due to a budget shortfall.
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, sponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act released the following statement marking the third anniversary of the bill’s signing. The Congresswoman is also the sponsor of the Never Forget the Heroes Act.
Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Peter King (R-NY-2), Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) released the following joint statement announcing that the House (H.R. 7062) and Senate (S. 3591) bills called the Never Forget the Heroes Act have garnered 100 bipartisan cosponsors, since being introduced earlier this month.
Bipartisan Legislation Would Ensure that 9/11 First Responders & Survivors Who Become Sick with Certified 9/11 Illnesses in the Future would be Covered by VCF Program
Congress Has Already Provided a Permanent Healthcare Program for These Responders and Survivors, But the Program to Provide Compensation for Their Suffering, Lost Wages, and Their Families Will Expire in 2020
The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was “one of the few bipartisan efforts in Congress,” as Rep. Carolyn Maloney put it.
But is there enough money to cover all the costs?
The landmark legislation provides for health care for responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through the World Trade Center Health Program. The Zadroga Act was originally signed with temporary funding in 2011, and in 2015, Congress extended the health program with $3.5 billion – funding intended to provide coverage for 75 years.
On the heels of today’s announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) could run out of funding before its expiration date in 2020 and with cancer rates among 9/11 first responders continuing to rise, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), U.S. Representative Peter T. King (NY-2), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following joint statement urging their colleagues to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the VCF.