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

Dec 10, 2015 In The News

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).

Dec 9, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork) — The battle to extend health benefits for 9/11 first responders goes on in Congress. And now, advocates hope to beat an end-of-the-session deadline this week.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill and 9/11 first responders are furious that the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has not been renewed, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.

Dec 7, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – With only a week left before Congress recesses for the year, Members of the New York Congressional delegation are fighting to make sure health and compensation benefits for 9/11 responders and survivors are extended before the end of the year. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired in October, and unless Congress acts soon, benefits will run out for 70,000 first responders and survivors, according to U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Reps.

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 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 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 (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.

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