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:
- World Trade Center Health Program participation by congressional district chart
- World Trade Center Health Program participation by state
- World Trade Center Health Program participation map
- September 11th Victim Compensation Fund participation by state
- Brief factsheet on Zadroga Act programs
- Section-by-Section Summary of HR 847 as passed into law
Resources for the sick and injured:
- World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
- New York City Department of Health
- World Trade Center Health Resources from the Department of Health and Human Services
- September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Department of Justice
For other legistlation and related documents click here.
More on 9/11 Health and Compensation
The first responders and survivors of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, share a common bond.
They both endured the most tragic attack on United States soil in our history. Although many of the first responders and survivors never met one another during that day, many have since become close friends, as evidenced by speeches and appearances made at the 9/11 memorial every year.
After tirelessly lobbying Congress since late summer, the first responders who spent months working at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, are set to finally receive lifetime medical care for the illnesses attributable to their time on "the pile."
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act is included in the must-pass $1.1 trillion spending package — also referred to as the omnibus — making what is essentially a permanent extension to the health care program for first responders.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 I was driving into New York City for work. In truth, most Americans remember where they were that dark day. But judging from the federal government’s unacceptable delay in reauthorizing the Zadroga Act, some members of Congress seem to have forgotten.
John Feal is a tired man.
The 49-year-old Long Islander has made 22 trips to Washington in the past 11 months, leading groups of fellow construction workers and 9/11 responders to plead with members of Congress and staff to renew $8 billion in aid for those who fell sick after working at Ground Zero.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Feal had just arrived back at his Virginia hotel room after another day roaming the halls on Capitol Hill, trying to convince lawmakers to make good on their promises, and the frustration showed.
The poor treatment of 9/11 first responders started before the toxic dust had settled, with federal officials declaring the air safe to breathe and the mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, putting progress with the cleanup ahead of worker safety.
No one in charge insisted the job get done right, just that it get done.
Hundreds of rescue workers gave their lives responding to the attack, but no one protected the thousands more who continued the effort after the towers fell.
WASHINGTON -- Just when it looked like a new 9/11 health and compensation law was on the brink of being finalized -- and after House Speaker Paul Ryan threw his support behind it -- sources told The Huffington Post troubling last-minutes snags were emerging.
In the aftermath of 9/11, then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was often referred to as “America’s mayor.” So you might call the police and firefighters who courageously rushed to the scene that day “America’s first responders.”
Mr. Giuliani still enjoys his title on occasion. If only the nation’s memory of all the frontline heroes of that day was so enduring.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be, at least not in Congress, which continues to haggle over paying for the health care that they need and deserve.
Calling it the “ultimate irony,” New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton lobbied Congress for 9/11 first responders’ health benefits as lawmakers held hearings on terrorism. A deal is promised, but advocates ask only for action.
"It just defies logic,” Bratton told the Associated Press, standing in a Senate building rotunda, where walls were decorated with evocative imagery of 9/11 first responders.
WASHINGTON — Congress has made significant progress toward passing a renewal of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, New York lawmakers said Thursday, but they were quick to counsel caution by quoting Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said they plan to pass the act’s extension by adding it to the $1.1 trillion federal spending omnibus bill, according to Zadroga activist John Feal and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan).