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 4, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan bill that would allow the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks to complete its report on its own timetable was introduced today in the House of Representatives. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who represents large parts of Manhattan and Queens and had hundreds of constituents killed on 9/11, has co-sponsored the legislation introduced by Rep. Vito Fossella (NY-15) and spoke today at a press conference. The White House today announced that it would grant the commission an additional 60 days, news that was met with skepticism by Maloney.

Jan 14, 2004 Press Release

"After months of effort by 9/11 family members, we learned today that authorities finally incorporated historic artifacts from Ground Zero into the World Trade Center memorial and are finally taking steps to preserve the actual site. This is a very positive development for the family members and for the entire country, because this memorial will be one of our nation's most revered sites and now, it will reflect more authentically the terrible events of 9/11 for all to remember.

Dec 12, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Mike Gianaris, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. detailed why a proposal to use 9/11 Liberty Bonds to finance a widely opposed power plant in Queens was against federal law, against the spirit of September 11th recovery plans, and against the interests of Western Queens residents who have fought for years against the saturation of power plants in their neighborhoods.
Nov 17, 2003 Press Release
Thank you Congressman Shays, and let me say thank you to those who have taken leadership roles for the Coalition of 9/11 Families - Mary Fetchet, representing Voices of September 11th, and Anthony Gardner, representing the WTC United Family Group. I know you both help to share the views of thousands of family members, survivors, and rescue workers, and your efforts are extremely important and valuable to the process.
Nov 6, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the World Trade Center Historic Study Act, directing the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study of the feasibility and suitability of establishing a memorial at the Twin Towers site to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Oct 23, 2003 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY: Today, Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, announced the start of a national campaign to seek the support of Chambers of Commerce around the country in opposing taxation on 9/11 aid and urging federal elected officials to reverse the wrongheaded, harmful IRS decision.

Oct 21, 2003 Press Release

Washington, D.C.-US Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-4), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today announced the panel will convene an oversight hearing in New York City to examine the short and long term health effects of the September 11th attack on Ground Zero workers, and steps taken by the federal and local government to diagnose and provide treatment to those affected.

Oct 7, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Concerns that New Yorkers will never see all of the $21.4 billion promised to them for 9/11 recovery have been validated by a brand new General Accounting Office (GAO) report ( http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/NYLibertyZoneGAO.pdf ). Specifically, the report, requested by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan and Queens) and Charles Rangel (Harlem), states that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not keeping tabs on how much of the Liberty Zone tax benefits are being used, and that there will never be adequate actual accounting for this aid.

Sep 17, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney went to the House floor yet again, pleading with House leaders to help 9/11 victims avoid taxation on hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, and yet again, House leaders denied the request.
Sep 11, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congress acted to bestow its highest honor on the men and women who died serving their country, city and fellow man two years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) co-authored the True Americans Heroes Act of 2003 (HR 1538) that will posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to emergency responders who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, as well as the people who brought down United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania. The legislation also calls for a medal to be delivered to each firehouse and office at which the deceased worked and for commemorative 9/11 coins, the proceeds of which will go in part to 9/11 victims funds.