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:

Resources for the sick and injured:

For other legistlation and related documents click here.


More on 9/11 Health and Compensation

May 26, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Late last night, legislation advanced to provide military retirement credit to National Guard soldiers for their service in disaster zones after 9/11. The provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (H.R. 1815), which passed the House of Representatives late last night.
May 17, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maloney offered amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for 2006 (HR 1817) that would have 1) directed the federal government to respond adequately to the extensive health needs of thousands of 9/11 responders, and 2) improved the federal response to first responder health needs after potential future national disasters and terrorist attacks. Both amendments were rejected by House leaders of the Rules Committee.
Apr 30, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today, at an event in New York City sponsored by the World Trade Center (WTC) Worker & Volunteer Medical Screening Program and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney once again urged a more adequate federal response to the health needs of the sick and injured from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Apr 26, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) sought a Congressional hearing on legislation that would to ensure that all National Guard soldiers who responded to counties declared disaster areas after the terrorist attacks will receive federal military retirement credit for that service to the country.
Apr 20, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - With a new report from the Government Accountability Office that validates estimates of tax losses for New York City and State in the billions of dollars, Congresswoman Maloney today announced the introduction of the 'Whatever It Takes' To Rebuild Act, named after the President's pledge to do "whatever it takes" to help New York after the terrorist attacks.
Apr 5, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, three New York Members of Congress announced a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviewing and evaluating recent estimates of the fiscal impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and State economies. The GAO’s review re-confirms that the City and State still suffer as a result of 9/11, and there has been no federal aid to offset the loss of this tax revenue. Because 9/11 happened in New York, the City has lost between $2.5 and $2.9 billion in tax revenue, while the State has lost $2.9 billion, according to estimates reviewed by GAO.
Mar 14, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, as the House of Representatives considered legislation to repeal taxation on recovery aid for natural disaster victims, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) called on House leaders to provide the same tax repeal to recipients of 9/11 recovery grants who were wrongly taxed.
Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Several hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard who responded to the World Trade Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks are not receiving the military retirement benefits they deserve. Many of the soldiers who guarded Ground Zero after the attacks were not officially put on federal active duty; as a result, they did not receive federal military retirement credit for their more than 300 days of service. Other soldiers from the same unit were activated under federal duty to help secure the U.S. Military Academy, and have received the appropriate retirement credit. Clearly, all National Guard troops who served during this unprecedented national emergency deserve equal status.
Feb 2, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - More than three years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a number of Ground Zero rescue workers and area residents are suffering from long-term health effects, but the federal government still has not adequately supplied them with health monitoring and compensation. To alert lawmakers to their continuing needs, a group of sick 9/11 responders and area residents are in Washington and will sit in the balcony for the State of the Union speech. In addition, New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Jerrold Nadler (NY-8), Major Owens (NY-11), Tim Bishop (NY-1) and New Jersey Senator Job Corzine, who are helping host the responders and residents, sent a letter today to new Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, urging him to provide adequate funds for 9/11 health effects early in his tenure (PDF of letter).
Feb 1, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today at Penn Station, before a trip to Washington, D.C. to speak directly to members of Congress and for several, to attend the President’s State of the Union address, a coalition of Ground Zero first responders, area residents, medical experts, and public officials urged Washington leaders to improve the federal response to the lasting and significant health impacts of 9/11.