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Lawmakers Pushing to Extend Zadroga Act

September 9, 2014
9/11 Memorial in James Zadroga Field

9/11 Memorial in James Zadroga Field

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a law created to help victims of the tragic events of September 11th 2001,  is on the verge of expiration. Passed through Congress and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2011, the World Trade Center Health Program will expire in a little more than one year, while the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has a slightly longer lease on life, but only until October 2016.

Lawmakers from Long Island, along with other New York representatives and NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio are pushing to re-authorize these vital programs which help victims of 9/11 with medical treatment they need. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be introducing the Re-authorization Act to the Senate this month and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King will introduce the bill in the House.

If the law passes then compensation will be available to 9/11 victims until 2041.

“This re-authorization is critical for these individuals and their families,” said King. “We have come too far and we must continue to ensure that our 9/11 heroes receive the care they deserve.”

Mayor DeBlasio added:

“No group deserves our gratitude and help more than those who went to Ground Zero in the days and weeks following the September 11 attacks,” said DeBlasio. “We have a moral obligation to make sure that these heroes and their families get the medical treatment and compensation they deserve.”

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