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

Sep 8, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, at a Congressional hearing about the health effects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) assessed the federal response to widespread illness and injury caused by the disaster, saying:
Sep 1, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - With President Bush set to visit New York City firefighters in Queens tonight, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) released the following statement and provided President Bush with a map and directions to a nearby closed fire station in Queens:
Aug 25, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - In response to news today of renewed accusations against those who fought for federal recovery aid after 9/11 as involved in an “unseemly scramble for dollars,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) released the following statement, along with a list of the unmet needs from 9/11 that Congress and the President could still take action on:
Aug 24, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) announced legislation to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for personal injury claims and to remove misguided regulations on the fund that had blocked many injured rescue workers and area residents from eligibility.
May 26, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) document on 9/11 aid released today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), who has closely tracked the federal response to New York City’s recovery needs, released the following statement:
May 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - With members of the 9/11 Commission questioning the level of federal homeland security aid coming to New York City and the unfairness of overall homeland security funding formulas, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) - Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the House Democratic Caucus - released the following evidence today in support of their accurate and serious concerns.

May 19, 2004 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.
May 16, 2004 Press Release
New York, NY- With clear evidence that the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) communications systems have been inadequate during recent major emergencies, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) announced legislation today to require the U.S. Department of Homeland security to put an adequate system in place within a year of the legislation’s passage into law.
Apr 23, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, seven members of New York’s Congressional delegation sought a full accounting from the Bush administration of federal recovery aid to New York City following the September 11, 2001 attacks, as is required by law. (PDF of letter)

Apr 20, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement today in response to news that New York City Mayor Bloomberg is attempting to get the full amount of the President’s $21.4 billion pledged for New York’s recovery.