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:

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More on 9/11 Health and Compensation

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:

Nov 14, 2002 Press Release
WASHINGTON: A group of New York elected officials urged Governor Pataki today, to lead a renewed effort in Washington for help with staggering budget shortfalls facing the city and state after 9/11. While some of New York's budget woes stem from the slowed national economy, about $8.8 billion in losses was incurred as a result of the terrorist attacks, according to data from City and State budget offices that was found to be 'reasonably approximate' by the federal General Accounting Office. But so far New York has received no aid from Washington to help cover these losses.
Nov 8, 2002 Press Release
NEW YORK: Inexplicably, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to tax 9/11 recovery grants for businesses in lower-Manhattan. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), who had organized Congressional letters to the IRS opposing the idea of a tax on the grants, and has authored legislation (HR 5624) to overrule this decision, called the IRS action "troubling".
Nov 1, 2002 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Lawmakers called on New York Governor George Pataki to answer questions on the recent dramatic increase in approved Individual and Family Grant applications by the New York State Department of Labor. In a letter signed by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jose Serrano ( D -NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Ed Towns (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), lawmakers asked the Governor to explain how the approval process has changed since early September, when the number of IFG grant applications being approved was dramatically low.
Oct 29, 2002 Press Release

New York, NY - The Bush Administration announced Tuesday that it would reimburse the NY Board of Education $80.5 million to make up for lost instructional time resulting from the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), who has been a leader in the fight to press FEMA for full reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of 9/11, applauded the decision.