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

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.
Sep 9, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.: House Republican leaders today, blocked an effort by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-8) to reverse the wrongheaded decision by the IRS to tax 9/11 aid.

Sep 3, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY: Details about reductions in the amount of 9/11 recovery aid that New York is expected to receive from Washington emerged today, at a public forum hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Council Member Alan Gerson, Chair of the Council's Lower-Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, & Joel Rivera, Chair of the Council's State & Federal Legislation Committee.
Jul 24, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Concerned that the state of New York may have mismanaged $156 million in federal funds that were meant to provide mental health treatment to victims of September 11th, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), along with eight other New York members of Congress, has urged Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to conduct a full inquiry into the mater.

Jun 11, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Responding to news that the State of New York is restricting health care assistance to 9/11 volunteers who developed respiratory and other illnesses as a result of their heroic response to the terrorist attacks, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) and Congressman Ron Kind (WI), with six other members of Congress from New York, today urged immediate action by Governor Pataki to use the millions of dollars in federal funds already made available to the State of New York to help those volunteers who fell ill because of their response to the terrorist attacks.
May 21, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Pointing out the multi-billion dollar gap that remains between what New York lost from the economic impacts of 9/11 and what the federal government has provided in aid, New York members of Congress called for Congressional hearings on the matter, to determine the adequacy of the federal response so far and the additional aid necessary.
Apr 29, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK: A broad cross-section of New York leaders urged action today by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to fix severe faults in FEMA's delivery of aid to victims of 9/11 through the Mortgage and Rental Assistance program (MRA). Over 100,000 individuals lost their jobs because of 9/11 but less than 15 percent received help from FEMA through the MRA program. At the same time, FEMA prepared to close up its lower-Manhattan help center at 141 Worth Street after April 30th, saying it will still accept "phone calls."
Apr 11, 2003 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, joined with Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1801, the "Terrorism Victim Citizenship Relief Act." This legislation would grant honorary citizenship to legal aliens who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Additionally, the bill would offer citizenship to the spouses and children of those individuals. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) has introduced this legislation in the Senate (S. 889).