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 — Advocates for the heroes and victims of 9/11 are howling over a half-hearted new Republican proposal to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
WASHINGTON — A bill introduced in the House on Thursday would tap a criminal forfeiture fund to continue paying compensation to family members of people who died on 9/11 or succumbed later to related illnesses.
Under the proposal from Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the money would come from an $8.9 billion forfeiture agreement with BNP Paribas SA in France, one of the world’s largest banks. The June 2014 settlement came after officials accused Paribas of violating U.S. sanctions against the Sudan, Iran and Cuba.
WASHINGTON — Eleven people who worked in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have died in the six weeks since the most recent anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Another Ground Zero worker, Roy McLaughlin, died Sept. 10, one day before the anniversary. McLaughlin, 38, was a Yonkers police officer when the World Trade Center was attacked. Later promoted to a lieutenant, the married father of four young children was diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago.
WASHINGTON – A majority of the House has cosponsored The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1786), introduced by Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY). The measure to permanently extend the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund, which are set to shut down completely next year, now has 223 cosponsors, including 50 Republicans.
Making the World Trade Center Health Program permanent would cost about $4.4 billion over 10 years. Extending the Victims Compensation Fund would cost billions more.
WASHINGTON - Eleven people who worked in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have died in the six weeks since the most recent anniversary of that terrible day.
NEW YORK – First responders Alex Sanchez and Manuel Checo and medical professionals Dr. Michael A. Crane and Dr. Philip Landrigan today joined Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), to stress the urgent need for Congress to permanently extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Maloney and Nadler are leading the effort in the House with Congressman Peter King (NY-2). The World Trade Center Health Program began shutting down September 30, and will shut down completely by October 2016.
At 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1, Congress missed an important deadline to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and that, my friends, is totally unacceptable.
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.