Issues

Bankruptcy

Some injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, who have experienced personal bankruptcy are now finally receiving compensation for the 9/11 injuries under the federal legislation. Questions have been directed to us at 911 Health Watch Inc. about the relationship between payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 9/11 Fund payments and bankruptcy. In order to assist generally as much as we can, 9/11 Health Watch has prepared a memorandum that addresses these matters. Read more

Cancer

The James Zadroga, 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 and its Reauthorization in 2015 as passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, included a list of specific conditions that included respiratory, gastrointestinal, and mental health conditions that were to be covered by the newly created World Trade Center Health Program. The list of WTC-related conditions that the program would cover was identical to the list of conditions that had been used in the preexisting WTC Responder Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (MM&TP). It was developed by the WTC Centers of Excellence and NIOSH at the start of the federally funded treatment in late 2006. The list was based on the clinical experience and peer reviewed scientific studies of the occupational safety and health centers before federal treatment funding was available. Read more

Injured & Ill Monument

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer along with the sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, local residents, first responders, organized labor, and other elected officials have created a committee to work on establishing a monument to 9/11 Responders and Survivors who have been sickened, injured and some dying from their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. Read more

OMB Proposal

The U.S. House of Representatives has decisively rejected Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s proposal that would have seriously harmed the World Trade Center Health Program and the medical monitoring and treatment that it provides to over 86,000 9/11 responders and survivors who are in every State and in 433 out of 435 Congressional Districts across the country. Read more

Scammers

Consumers are reporting a new imposter scam — this time the callers are pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). According to reports, the callers are telling people they may be entitled to money, and they are asking people for their personal information to determine if they are eligible. It’s a scam. 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

Tax Relief

Because of the efforts of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, some little-known tax breaks for injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors will now be clearly available to injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors and their families. Read more

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