Question Looms On WTC Health Act: Who Is Covered?

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress closed out 2010 by passing a law that will provide nearly $2.8 billion in cash payments to people sickened by toxic dust at the World Trade Center, but lawmakers left a big question unanswered in the legislation.

They didn’t say which illnesses would be covered.

Only a few diseases were singled out by name in the act, including asthma and a handful of other respiratory ailments. Federal administrators still have to decide whether to cover other conditions, like cancer.

Doctors said deciding which diseases are linked to ground zero and which occurred naturally could be tough.

Tens of thousands of people were involved in the trade center cleanup. Many are now middle aged, when illnesses of all types become more common.

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One Comment

  1. Thomas Glasgow says:

    Former Republican Governor Whitman the EPA head at the time
    of the attack said’The air was noit dangerous” she and GWBush got off this
    lie easy,didn’t they.
    Where was our DEP saying how bad the air was when we lived or worked
    downtown for those several weeks after the attack?

  2. DanTe says:

    Just confiscate the Saudi oil accounts. They funded this attack, they should pay for it now.

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