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

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.
Nov 23, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - In response to a news announcement issued today by New York Disaster Interfaith Services about a new pilot program to operate in collaboration with Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) to aid needy 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers, Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement:
Nov 1, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Department of Homeland Security discredits an accusation made by the lead FEMA official in New York after 9/11, who had estimated that 90% of applicants in a FEMA aid program were not subject to contaminated air. (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/110104DHSIGreport.pdf)
Oct 26, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s Congress Daily PM reports that House Republicans see no need to finalize intelligence reform legislation quickly because of the results of a public opinion poll. Republican aides are also quoted expressing confidence in their position because intelligence reform is not an issue that ranks high with the public, according to their polls.
Oct 18, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in a speech in New Jersey, President Bush urged Congress to take quick action on the intelligence reform bill currently on its way to conference so he can sign it into law. Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), sponsors of the bipartisan Collins-Lieberman and McCain-Lieberman bills in the House (H.R. 5150 and H.R. 5040), have worked closely with the 9/11 families and 9/11 Commission to get a bill to the president’s desk before Election Day, and they applauded the president’s comments in the following joint statement:
Oct 14, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - By adjourning without voting on an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), the Republican majority in Congress failed to provide New York with critical protection, according to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14).

Sep 10, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing high levels of lasting illness among rescue and recovery workers to the September 11, 2001 attacks, Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement:

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: