Issues

Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, or “VCF,” reopened by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for five years, to provide compensation for economic losses and harm. The VCF will allow individuals who became ill or have passed away since the original VCF deadline at the end of 2003 to be compensated for economic damages and losses stemming from their physical injuries. The VCF is run by the U.S. Department of Justice under the direction of Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum. Read more

Sequester

The “Sequester” is threatening to cut the funding of the two programs created by the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Unless Congress acts to delay or stop the government-wide cuts or exempt the 9/11 programs, these programs will face over $200 million in cuts. These cuts will total $69 million for the World Trade Center (WTC) Health program and $166 million for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF). These cuts will deny 9/11 responders and survivors the medical monitoring and treatment that they need and the compensation for permanent injuries, illnesses and death authorized by the VCF. Read more