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
The health care program for 9/11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday, but supporters expect to make it permanent long before it runs out of money sometime next year.
Congress recessed without reauthorizing the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which covers medical care for those who became sick after working at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Nick Poliseno is 37, but has the health problems of someone more than twice his age.
Three years after being diagnosed with the same respiratory disease that killed 9/11 hero James Zadroga, the former Ground Zero worker worries about who will care for his wife and two kids when he succumbs to the illness that’s killing him.
But now he and his family have another worry — the Zadroga Act expiring.
That’s because a key part of the life-saving bill expired at 12:01 a.m. Thursday when a dysfunctional and gridlocked Congress failed to act to renew it.
Treating 13,000 patients a year at the World Trade Center Health Program is hard enough for Dr. Michael Crane — now he has to work under a cloud of uncertainty since part of the Zadroga Act expired.
“I don’t have much hair left anyway, and the rest of it is going to fall out,” said Crane, the director of Mt. Sinai’s clinic in Manhattan.
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and activists Thursday renewed their call for a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act a day after congressional authorization for the health program expired.
The World Trade Center Health Program has enough funding to last another year, its backers acknowledge, but they said it will have to begin shutting down in the spring unless Congress acts to renew it before the end of the year.
Oct. 3 marks a crucial date for more than 30,000 Americans: the expiration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
It is named after former NYPD first responder James Zadroga, who died of a respiratory disease he likely contracted from the twin tower’s toxic, dust-ridden environment in the aftermath of 9/11.
The Zadroga Act primarily ensures funding for health care programs that provide care for 9/11 responders and survivors, like the World Trade Center Health Program.
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart joined several dozen 9/11 first responders on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to push Congress to pass a permanent extension of a bill to compensate those who became sick after working at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Parts of the bill, known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, will start to expire in October. The bill in its entirety loses funding by the fall of 2016.
WASHINGTON — Comedian Jon Stewart apologized to 9/11 first responders Wednesday saying it was embarrassing that they had to plead with Congress to renew their health and compensation coverage.
“I want to apologize to all the men and women — the first responders — that you had to come down here today,” Stewart, wearing a blue FDNY T-shirt, said in joining the lobbying effort outside the Capitol. “I’m embarrassed that you, after serving so selflessly and with heroism, have to come down here to convince people to do what’s right.”