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

Dec 7, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON - If Congress doesn't move to reauthorize the Zadroga Act for 9/11 survivors by Thursday, a top advocate isn't going to move from Congress.

John Feal, who helped at the World Trade Center cleanup site and heads a group lobbying to renew the legislation, is threatening "civil disobedience" on Thursday if Republicans don't have the Zadroga Act in must-pass legislation by then.

"I don't plan on a sit-in. I plan on getting arrested," he told the Daily News.

Dec 7, 2015 In The News

On October 1, the World Trade Center Health Program expired. The legislation helped pay for the medical costs of 9/11 first responders; hundreds have already died from illnesses stemming from the awful things they had to inhale at Ground Zero in the years since September 11, 2001. 

Dec 6, 2015 In The News

Standing in the shadow of the towering rebuilt World Trade Center, scores of firefighters and police officers, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and two United States senators from New York, rallied on Sunday to press Congress to extend a 9/11 health bill.

Dec 6, 2015 In The News

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — New York lawmakers renewed their demands for Congress to fully extend health care coverage for 9/11 first responders.

The Zadroga Act provides medical screenings and treatment for responders exposed to toxic substances at Ground Zero.

As WCBS-880’s Stephanie Colombini reported, the long fight to get the act extended is still not over.

“It’s a national scandal,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney said.

Dec 3, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart, firefighters, policemen and other 9/11 first responders confronted lawmakers Thursday as they pressured Congress to extend health care benefits before they run out.

After a rally on the Capitol lawn, Stewart and several first responders — many sick or dying — personally sought support for legislation to extend medical monitoring, treatment and compensation dollars for those exposed to toxic dust while cleaning up after the 2001 attacks in New York.

Dec 3, 2015 In The News

The renewal of the expiring Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act continued to move forward in Congress on Thursday but still faces the hurdle of reaching an agreement on how to cover its $7 billion cost, activists and lawmakers said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told 9/11 first responders in a 35-minute meeting Thursday morning that he supports a permanent extension of the act’s health program and $4.6 billion for its victim compensation fund, Zadroga activist John Feal said.

Dec 3, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — A day after undergoing chemotherapy, 9/11 first responder Robert Digiovanni stood angrily outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office, railing about politics interfering with life-or-death issues.

Dec 3, 2015 In The News

Congressional leaders have reached a tentative deal to renew the Zadroga Act but limit 9/11 survivors’ economic benefits to another five years and $4.6 billion, sources close to the negotiations have told THE CHIEF-LEADER.

A bill to permanently extend the benefits for sick Sept. 11 victims has gathered wide support in both Houses of Congress, with more than enough sponsors to overcome a Senate filibuster.

Cost Still an Issue

Dec 2, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- The American flag outside the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in the Russell Senate Office Building was hanging a little off-kilter Wednesday morning.

So Paul Iannizzotto, a former New York City firefighter who was inside the north tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, when the south tower collapsed, didn't like the way it looked.