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

Jan 30, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK: According to recent information obtained from relief agencies and individuals by the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), FEMA officials are once again improperly discouraging help to economic victims of 9/11 by providing potential Mortgage and Rental Assistance (MRA) applicants with grossly inaccurate information about eligibility standards for the program. The Henry Street Settlement Organization informed Congresswoman Maloney of how potential MRA applicants were informed by FEMA operators that "they are not eligible (for the program) unless they worked one or two blocks from the world trade center." This description of FEMA's MRA guidelines is completely inaccurate. The actual guidelines provide for assistance to all Manhattan residents economically impacted by the disaster and to all residents of the city's four other boroughs who can show income loss related to the disaster. Exceptions are also made for specific cases in New Jersey and other counties included in the original declared disaster area.
Jan 28, 2003 Press Release
Washington, DC: Today, numerous leaders from New York's firefighter and labor unions joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) in an effort to draw to the President's attention the health needs of Ground Zero workers and volunteers suffering from the threat of long-term illnesses from toxins at the site. A total of nine Members of Congress gave their guest State of the Union passes to Firefighters and EMS workers who responded to the disaster.
Jan 27, 2003 Press Release

NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney released the following statement today at an event hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition. Attached to this release are letters from Congresswoman Maloney and other members of Congress to the President, his administration and Governor Pataki, urging the MRA program's reform and extension.

Jan 26, 2003 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today on Meet the Press, when asked by host Tim Russert about the firefighters and other workers who worked at Ground Zero being invited to sit in the Gallery during the State of the Union to get the President's attention to the need to immediately and fully fund the World Trade Center Health Monitoring Program at Mt Sinai, Andy Card, the President's Chief-of-Staff blamed the problem on the lack of a budget being passed by the Democratic controlled Senate. (See transcript below)

Jan 24, 2003 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY: Today, numerous leaders from New York firefighter and labor unions joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) in announcing a coordinated effort to draw the President's attention to the health needs of Ground Zero workers and volunteers suffering long-term illnesses from toxins at the site. Maloney and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (NY) have asked colleagues in the New York delegation to offer their gallery pass for the President's State of the Union address to a firefighter, police officer, EMS worker, construction worker, or other worker from Ground Zero. Maloney and Hinchey have already offered their passes to New York City firefighters Bob Beckwith (retired), who stood with President Bush at Ground Zero, and Phil McArdle, the Health and Safety Officer of the United Firefighters Association.

Jan 16, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C.: With yet another report highlighting significant health impacts on recovery workers from toxins at Ground Zero, fifteen members of the New York delegation have asked the President for a fourth time to support the allocation of federal funds for a medical screening program to help, and have again asked the President to meet with the members of the New York delegation on this issue.
Jan 8, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON: In response to a report released yesterday by the Inspector General of FEMA, evaluating FEMA's response to the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY)and Congressman José E. Serrano (NY) called on the Bush administration to address FEMA's shortcomings in the delivery of aid to New York and develop a plan to respond to the remaining needs of New Yorkers impacted by the disaster.

Dec 30, 2002 Press Release
NEW YORK: "Serious questions remain about federal plans to help New York recover from 9/11 attack, regarding how much has been allocated, what more is to come and where, and whether these funds will meet the total costs from this unprecedented attack," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney today, as she released a chart prepared by her office documenting more than $13 billion in unmet needs created by the 9/11 disaster and a gap of more than $6 billion between federal aid announced for New York and what has actually been received in the city.
Nov 27, 2002 Press Release
NEW YORK: With just three days to go before the arbitrary ending of an application period for a vital 9/11 aid program, New York members of Congress are urging FEMA today to fix serious problems in the program that prevented many 9/11 victims from receiving much needed help, and then to extend the deadline for applicants.
Nov 15, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: In response to the shocking IRS decision today to tax a portion of federal 9/11 grants to individuals and families in lower-Manhattan, Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement:

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