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Lawmakers Introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act last week. Under the bill, the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund would continue for another 25 years.

Registration for the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively. If the bill is passed, both programs will be extended through 2041, according to a 9/11 Health Watch press release issued last week.

More than 30,000 responders and survivors of the nation’s largest terror attack are battling illnesses and injuries resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. Over two-thirds of those individuals have more than one illness. Many of the illnesses are chronic conditions such as asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Medical research has identified more than 60 types of cancer caused by 9/11 toxins. More than 2,900 people have been diagnosed with cancers caused or worsened by the aftermaths of the attacks. More than 800 New York Fire Department (FDNY) members and upwards of 550 New York Police Department (NYPD) members have serious 9/11-related illnesses. More than 70 firefighters and 60 police officers have already succumbed to 9/11-related diseases, 9/11 Health Watch reported.

Many volunteers and rescue workers made the trek to Lower Manhattan from other parts of the state and country to help after the attacks. Participants enrolled in the WTC Health Program live in 50 states and in 429 of the 435 Congressional districts in the U.S.The WTC Health Program is currently providing critical treatment and medical care to more than 30,000 responders and volunteers from all over the country, and over 60,000 9/11 responders are receiving medical monitoring through the program, according to 9/11 Health Watch.

The new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act would:

-Continue the WTC Health Program.

-Allow for monitoring and treatment through the Clinical Centers of Excellent to continue for responders and eligible members in the New York area.

-Allow for monitoring and treatment of 9/11 responders and survivors to continue throughout the nation, including for those affected in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (site of the United 93 crash) and at the Pentagon.

-Allow the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to remain open through 2041 to provide compensation for economic damages and loss for individuals who become ill from the toxins at Ground Zero. This extended date allows protection for victims with latent claims while extending limitation on the liability period.

-Allow the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to provide health care for 9/11 responders and survivors who were sickened or injured because of Ground Zero through 2041.

-Establish a cost share for New York City. The City of New York would continue to contribute a 10 percent matching cost share of the World Trade Center Health Program.

-Allow research into new and emerging 9/11-related conditions to continue.

-Continue to extend and expand support for the World Trade Center Health Registry.

 

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