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 — Comedian Jon Stewart rallied 9/11 first responders Wednesday by saying sorry.
“I am here today basically to apologize to all these men and women, that you had to come down here today,” Stewart said. “I am embarrassed for our country. I am embarrassed for New York.”
WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — Retired New York City firefighter Ray Pfeifer worked on the pile at Ground Zero. Now he’s working to stay alive, living with advanced kidney cancer since 2009.
“I am the luckiest Stage 4 cancer guy out there,” he said. “I can’t complain. I have 14 more years than my friends did.”
As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, Pfeifer is one of more than 72,000 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical monitoring and treatment for sick 9/11 first responders, workers and residents.
Soon after the horrific destruction of the World Trade Center towers 14 years ago, bumper stickers abounded in parallel with the nation’s grief. “Never Forget,” one proclaimed with great resolve. “We Will Always Remember,” promised another.
On the 14th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the U.S. in history, many first responders are pleading for the continuation of a program that pays for injuries sustained while responding to the call of duty and the illnesses they developed afterward.
Nicholas Poliseno uttered this statement calmly to Downtown Express after a press conference last week where elected officials pushed for the permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, the 9/11 health bill which expires for patients in October.
Poliseno, a Con Edison worker who helped restore power to Lower Manhattan after the collapse of 7 World Trade Center and its substation, worked by Ground Zero for a year after 9/11.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Congressman Pete King (NY-2) today released the following statement applauding the reappointment of John Howard, M.D. as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and as Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, effective September 3, 2015. Dr. Howard is the sixth director of NIOSH and, with this reappointment, now the longest serving in the role.
WASHINGTON — Comedian Jon Stewart will help lobby Congress next week to continue a program that monitors thousands of people for health problems related to their work at Ground Zero, the senator leading the lobbying effort said Tuesday.
The World Trade Center Health Program, which monitors 33,000 people for 9/11-related illnesses, is set to expire at the end of the month, just over two weeks after the 14th anniversary of the attacks.
Marcy Borders unintentionally became a lasting image of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. A photographer caught her covered in dust after escaping the north tower. Last week, Borders died of stomach cancer. She and her family believe that the disease was caused by dust and debris that she breathed in while she made her way down from the 81st floor of the building. While her death is tragic, her story is a common one for survivors and first responders.
LOWER MANHATTAN — After Susan Herr managed to escape the 68th floor of Tower 2, as fire and chaos were enveloping the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001 — she thought the toughest day of her life had to be behind her.
“But I was wrong,” Herr said, choking back tears. “The hardest day of my life has been going though chemotherapy and radiation at the same time.”