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
Updated December 18, 2015 7:09 PM
By Tom Brune email@example.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.
By Irene Plagianos | December 18, 2015 2:23pm |
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.
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.
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.
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."
Congress is expected to approve the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The act created the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides health monitoring and treatment for first responders. The program expired this fall.
While the expected renewal is good news, the provisions of the Zadroga Act must be made permanent.
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.
WASHINGTON — The World Trade Center Health Program would be renewed until 2090 under legislation to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
The legislation is part of a must-pass omnibus spending bill released early Wednesday morning. Congress is expected to pass the spending bill Friday.
Congress is set to permanently fund the 9/11 health care bill known as the Zadroga Act -- a major win for emergency first responders. The vote this week will provide them with medical treatment for life. NY1 Washington bureau reporter Geoff Bennett was first to report the deal-making in the House and has the story.
"A quarter of my life, I’m 48," said 9/11 first responder John Feal. "A quarter of my life has been spent in D.C. advocating for 9/11 responders like myself."
In the end, the personal pleas, press conferences, and public shaming of lawmakers paid off.