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

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).
Apr 7, 2003 Press Release

New York, NY- Today, in response to an IRS decision to tax 9/11 recovery grants, lower-Manhattan business leaders and residents detailed how the tax will stifle growth and threaten New York's recovery. Together with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY), the group expressed outrage that the aid grants - provided as incentives to businesses and residents to stay in lower Manhattan - would be taxed. The group noted that the IRS waited until just weeks before the fiscal year ended to determine that the grants would be taxable and that taxation of the grants was not the intent of Congress when the grants were authorized. Maloney and Nadler also released a letter to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, urging their intervention. It can be viewed at: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/040703HastertFrist.pdf

Apr 3, 2003 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), with the support of nine other members of the New York delegation, introduced legislation today to ensure that victims of 9/11 do not face taxes on recovery grants made for the relief and revitalization of New York City after the World Trade Center disaster.
Mar 28, 2003 Press Release

Monday, March 28, 2003 at 10:30 a.m.

Steps of City Hall

Participants Include:

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller

Fiscal Policy Institute

Other Members of Congress and City Council, TBA

Mar 28, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK: Seeking relief for massive tax revenue losses caused directly by 9/11's economic impacts, New York lawmakers today announced the introduction of the "'Whatever It Takes' To Rebuild Act of 2003', named after the President's pledge to do "whatever it takes" to help New York after the terrorist attacks.

Mar 18, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY: In response to news today that FEMA and the State of New York finally approved a long-standing request for federal aid to cover costs associated with the mental health needs of New York City students after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement:
Feb 26, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK: After largely ignoring persistent calls for the reform of a 9/11 aid program for months, FEMA officials are just now reporting widespread problems with the Individual and Family Grants (IFG) program as implemented in New York.
Feb 13, 2003 Press Release
As the House and Senate finalized an omnibus appropriations bill that includes nearly $1 billion in aid to New York City and State for September 11th related costs, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) lauded the inclusion of the full $90 million needed for the medical monitoring of Ground Zero heroes who continue to suffer high rates of respiratory illness from the disaster. The next step for this year's bill are votes in the House and Senate, expected before . Because the bill was developed and agreed upon by House and Senate leaders, final passage of the bill is considered highly likely. After passage, the bill would require the President's signature. Current indications are that the administration supports the bill.
Feb 13, 2003 Press Release

Washington DC: In an effort to make sure victims of potential future terrorist attacks get at least the same degree of help that was offered to those in need after 9/11, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman José Serrano today introduced the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2002 (HR 827).