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Reauthorizing the James Zadroga Act Would Allow Treatment and Research to Continue for 9/11 Survivors

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The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016 but Ground Zero volunteers and first responders will struggle with injuries and health problems for many years to come.

That is why a bipartisan group of lawmakers from across the United States banded together in September to insist that the WTC Health Program and September 11th VCF be expanded for another 25 years by introducing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate by senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez, Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, Jeanne Shaheen and Jeff Merkley and in the House of Representatives by representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King.

More than 30,000 rescuers and first responders are battling injuries and illnesses caused by the crushed concrete and glass and other toxins that swirled through the streets of Lower Manhattan after the WTC towers fell on September 11, 2001, including cancer, asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic conditions. More than two-thirds of those heroes have more than one illness and or injury, and many are disabled and cannot work. Sixty types of cancers have been identified as having been caused by the 9/11 terror attacks, affecting more than 3,000 survivors.

Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act would ensure that responders and survivors continue to have access to treatment and benefits nationwide for the more than 6,000 individuals who risked their lives to help others and clean up the rubble on 9/11 and in the weeks and months that followed. Passage of the legislation would allow the September 11th VCF to remain open until 2041 to provide economic damages and loss for those who will eventually develop 9/11-related health problems. In addition, research into new conditions caused by WTC toxins would continue. disclaimer: This article: Reauthorizing the James Zadroga Act Would Allow Treatment and Research to Continue for 9/11 Survivors was posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 3:16 pm at and is filed under Other Lawsuits.

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