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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Resources for the sick and injured:

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More on 9/11 Health and Compensation

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

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 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 2, 2015 In The News

Elected officials and supporters of the Zadroga Act say a Republican proposal to temporarily extend the bill has fallen short.

The program that monitors and treats September 11th first responders expired in September after Congress failed to renew it.

Critics gathered at a rally in front of 7 World Trade Center Monday to air their support for another bill that would permanently extend the act.

The group says the new congressional proposal would cut compensation for first responders and their families by 60 percent.

Nov 2, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – Members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegations today united at the site of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks to voice their opposition to new proposals that would make cuts to health care and compensation and only temporarily extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The House Energy and Commerce Committee Majority recently released a discussion draft of a bill to temporarily extend the World Trade Center Health program for a period of 5 years.

Nov 2, 2015 In The News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 9/11 survivors are calling out a group of lawmakers backing a new bill that would undermine the effort to revive the expiring Zadroga Act helping sick first responders.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, Michael Larko, a supervisor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, is battling mental and physical illnesses from his days working in the toxic dust at Ground Zero and counts on the covered health care and medicine.

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.