First responders who were seriously hurt in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks appeared before a congressional committee in Washington on Thursday.
Some elected officials had called on the city to disclose information sought by Mount Sinai Medical Center ahead of a federal review. Officials will consider whether cancer should be added to the illnesses covered by the Zadroga act.
The fund is intended to help people who became ill after working at ground zero and others whose sicknesses can be tied to the site. Residents, workers and those whose claims to the first fund were denied can apply beginning today.
The fund is intended to help people who became ill after working at Ground Zero and others whose sicknesses can be tied to the site.
Since the toxic dust cloud engulfed Lower Manhattan on 9/11, thousands have died or gotten sick. Many have cancer and that number is growing.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius cut the ribbon at the Mount Sinai Medical Center to celebrate the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act taking effect.
The new draft regulations for the $2.78 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act were released Tuesday. The public has 45 days to comment on the proposals.
Only a few diseases were singled out by name in the act, including asthma and a handful of other respiratory ailments.
The bill was one of the last measures Congress passed before adjourning in December. President Obama signed the bill from Hawaii, where he’s vacationing with his family.
It isn’t just first responders who will benefit from the James Zadroga 9/11 health bill, but also those who lived in Lower Manhattan.
The 9/11 health bill has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but remains stalled in the U.S. Senate.
Critics questioned whether the bill is affordable and does enough to ensure that only people with illnesses related to trade center dust get help.
Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse.
Zadroga, a New York City police officer and first responder, died in 2006 from a respiratory disease contracted while working at Ground Zero.
360 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress passed the War Hazards Compensation Act. It has now been over nine years since the attacks of 9/11.