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.

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More on 9/11 Health and Compensation

Nov 9, 2015 In The News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Twenty-four local leaders from around the country, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, have created a bipartisan coalition in support of reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as a permanent measure.

On Nov. 9, the coalition sent a letter to new U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, urging him to make reauthorizing the Zadroga Act a ‘top priority.’

Nov 9, 2015 In The News

Having given her last full measure of devotion to her city and country, New York Police Lt. Marci Simms was laid to rest Sunday, a casualty of the war that came from the sky on 9/11.

Cancer felled Simms last week at age 51. The disease had been planted in her lungs almost 15 years ago by carcinogens that hung in the plume formed by the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Nov 9, 2015 In The News

Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of New York’s congressional delegation are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to convince the Republican House majority to permanently extend the 2010 Zadroga Act, the law that provides compensation for first responders who became ill after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

De Blasio, with House members Charlie Rangel, Carolyn Maloney and Joe Crowley at his side, also announced he had sent a letter to Ryan that was signed by a bipartisan group of 24 mayors and local legislators from around the country calling for reauthorization of the Act.

Nov 7, 2015 In The News

If the U.S. House of Representatives has an outstanding talent, it is its ability to reveal ugliness where no one ever thought to look for it.

It changed leadership last week, yet progress can still be hijacked by a self-absorbed misanthrope masquerading as a budget hawk.

Nov 3, 2015 In The News

New York advocates for permanently funding a 9/11 victim compensation fund unleashed blistering words Monday against U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who they claim is trying to water down funding and limit the fund to just five more years.

Nov 3, 2015 In The News

A powerful House Republican has emerged with a message for thousands of sickened Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers: You are heroes for five years; after that, drop dead.

Over the past few months, support for legislation to establish permanent funding for 9/11-related health care and financial assistance has steadily grown in the House and Senate. The groundswell has been strong enough that majorities in both bodies have signed on as co-sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Nov 2, 2015 In The News

Politicians, first responders and advocates converged near the World Trade Center Monday to deride a Republican proposal that they claim guts the Zadroga Act and leaves firefighters, cops and others suffering toxic effects of 9/11 without the health care and compensation they deserve.

Nov 2, 2015 In The News

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y) and other Democratic lawmakers on Monday will join firefighters who are demanding healthcare benefits for 9/11 first responders.
The healthcare fund for the firefighters and police officers who were diagnosed with cancer and other diseases after responding to the terrorist attacks began to expire last month.
A bipartisan effort is underway to restore the healthcare coverage for thousands of those first responders.

Nov 2, 2015 In The News

A 9/11 cleanup worker who lost part of his foot at Ground Zero on Monday stood at the site of the terror attack and called the Virginia congressman trying to water down a bill that would help first responders “an a--hole.”

“I’m going to say what is on everybody else’s mind — Congressman (Bob) Goodlatte, you’re an a--hole,” said John Feal, one of the country’s fiercest advocates for 9/11 first responders.

Nov 2, 2015 In The News

For Ray Pfeifer, the repercussions from his days as a NYC firefighter responding in the aftermath of 9/11 are severe. From the World Trade Center cough to now stage four renal cancer that has spread to his bones has left him in a wheelchair. Pfeifer was forced to retire last year and today one of many begging members of Congress to do the right thing and pass, once again, the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.