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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Dec 18, 2015 In The News

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Dec 18, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- Over 14 years after extremists hijacked airplanes to perpetrate the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in history, Congress voted Friday to permanently care for the thousands of police, firefighters and construction workers who are sick or dying because they responded to those attacks.

Dec 18, 2015 In The News


Dec 18, 2015 In The News

Updated December 18, 2015 7:09 PM
By  tom.brune@newsday.com                                                                   

The yearlong campaign by ailing firefighters, police officers and construction workers to permanently extend the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act ended Friday when Congress overwhelmingly passed it as part of the $1.1 trillion 2016 federal spending bill and $620 billion tax break package.

Dec 18, 2015 In The News

By Irene Plagianos | December 18, 2015 2:23pm | Updated on December 21, 2015 8:57am

LOWER MANHATTAN —  It's a long-fought victory for the survivors and first responders of 9/11.

Congress on Friday voted to extend health care benefits through 2090 for the thousands still suffering from Sept. 11-related illnesses, including cancer and asthma.

Dec 18, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Congress on Friday sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the government through next September, which includes an agreement to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

A 65-33 Senate vote on the measure was the last act that shipped the measure, combining $1.14 trillion in new spending in 2016 and $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade, to Obama.

Dec 17, 2015 In The News

Fourteen years after 9/11, the U.S. government at last redeems the national honor by committing to care for and compensate the rescue and recovery workers who paid with their health and their lives by serving at Ground Zero.

Both houses of Congress, with solid majorities of Democrats and Republicans, are set to approve the billions of dollars needed to provide highly specialized care for the responders whose lungs were destroyed by the toxic air over the Pile — and who are increasingly afflicted with environmentally related cancers.

Dec 17, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — The first responders and politicians who fought to reauthorize the Zadroga Act for 9/11 survivors took a victory lap Wednesday after it was included in a piece of must-pass legislation.

"I'm ecstatic. Our holiday wish came true and the survivors and responders have permanent healthcare," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who has led the fight in the House since the Sept. 11 attacks, told the Daily News. "This is why I love my work."

Dec 17, 2015 In The News

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Shortly after Sen. Charles Schumer confirmed late Tuesday night that Congress included an extension to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in the huge omnibus bill expected to pass on Friday, he got on the phone with retired FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer.

Pfeifer, a first responder from Long Island, was about to go into surgery when Schumer called him to wish him good luck and give him the good news "that this bill was now done."

"Now we don't have to worry every five years," Schumer (D-N.Y.) told him.

Dec 16, 2015 In The News

Emergency workers who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 will have their health coverage extended as part of a $1.1tn government spending bill passed by Congress on Tuesday.

The renewal of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act covers for the next 75 years first responders who became sick after working at Ground Zero and reopens the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund for the next five years.