Why do we need a 9/11 Health Watch?
Even with the passage of the “James Zadroga, 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” in 2010 and the law’s reauthorization in 2015 there is still much that needs to be done to ensure the Federal Government’s proper and continued long term commitment to the health and well-being of 9/11 responders, survivors and their families. The Act provides for monitoring, medical treatment and compensation for those exposed to and made sick by toxic exposures that resulted from 9/11. We need to make sure the programs the Act created live up to their promise.
That is why we have created 9/11 Health Watch — an independent Watch Group. 911 Health Watch is monitoring the programs created by the law and are ready to address any lapses in the delivery of services and if necessary to suggest changes that might be needed and making sure that responders and survivors have the information on how the programs are working that they deserve.
We have already worked to help fix the early problems with the reopened September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and are continuing to make sure it and the World Trade Center Health Program provides the care for injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors as the law intended. With the reauthorization of both programs we will continue to work to make sure they fulfil their purpose.
9/11 Health Watch Inc. was created, along with its advocacy sister organization, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, by the unions and groups that fought so hard to get the law passed.
We are dedicated to making sure that goal of providing quality medical care and compensation for injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors – embodied in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 and its Reauthorization in 2015 – is met.
9/11 Health Watch Inc. is a 501(c)(3).
Who We Are
Board of Directors
Richard Alles, Retired Deputy Chief F.D.N.Y.
Lee Clarke, Assistant to the President of Local 1549, District Council 37, AFSCME
Dr. James Melius, Administrator, NYS Laborers Health and Safety Trust
Peg Seminario, Safety and Health Director for the AFL-CIO
James Slevin, Vice President, Uniformed Firefighters Association
Ben Chevat, Executive Director, 9/11 Health Watch
Below are a list of Unions and Organizations that support 9/11 Health Watch.
New York State AFL-CIO
New York City Central Labor Council
Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Uniformed Fire Fighters Association
United Federation of Teachers
District Council 37, AFSCME
NYPD Captains Endowment Association
Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc.
New York State Laborers’ Union
Uniformed Fire Officers Association
9/11 Health Watch
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