December 18, 2015

Dear Families and Friends,

I wanted to pass along the wonderful news that Congress has reauthorized the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act!
Today, the U.S. House and Senate passed a spending package that includes funds to extend the World Trade Center Health Program, which provide healthcare and compensation for responders and survivors suffering from serious medical and mental health issues.

The program will provide treatment through 2090 for first responders and volunteers who helped with the rescue, recovery and cleanup at the World Trade Center site and related sites in New York City.  It also provides services for survivors and evacuees who were in the disaster area or who lived, worked or went to school there.  The bill extends the Victims Compensation Fund for responders and survivors for five more years.

We congratulate Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King for their leadership, as well as the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Congressional delegations who supported the bill.  

Today's success would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of John Feal, Jon Stewart and all the responders, many of whom are battling serious health problems.  They made endless trips to Washington to rally for support and worked collaboratively with Congressional offices to ensure passage of the bill.

As 9/11 family members, we are indebted to the responders, who during our darkest hours, compromised their own health and safety to search for our loved ones in the aftermath of the attacks.  As Americans, we owe them a debt of endless gratitude. These brave men and women deserve continued care and support and will now receive it.

The World Trade Center Health program currently provides medical monitoring and treatment for over 70,000 responders, workers, and volunteers who helped with rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City. It also provides services for survivors who were in the New York City disaster area, lived, worked, or were in school in the area.  

To learn more about enrolling in the program, visit our website, or phone our Help Line at 855-709-0100.

Click here to view the press release from the Congressional Sponsors of the Zadroga Reauthorization.
Warm Regards,

Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff