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No one knows who knocked out the WTC package from the big spending bill, pushed relentlessly by Kirsten Gillibrand and backed fully by her colleague, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Who did it?
Gillibrand, Schumer secure $1 billion in funding for health program dedicated to 9/11 first responders, survivors
This funding will now enable the program to continue providing uninterrupted service until at least 2027.
“For those who rushed to the towers and were our heroes,” said Schumer. “We’re telling them we won’t forget you ever.”
This amendment provides $1 billion to address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
This issue of Archives contains a series of updates to clinical best practices relevant to medical conditions whose treatment is covered by the WTC Health Program.
World Trade Center Health Program best practices for diagnosing and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
World Trade Center exposures may have the potential to cause or aggravate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
A 15-year follow-up study of mortality in a pooled cohort of World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers
Significantly increased mortality risks among some sub-groups with high WTC exposure warrant further investigation.
The WTCHP would have had to start denying new enrollments and cutting services to sick responders and survivors starting October 2024 without Senator Gillibrand’s amendment.
The 4,155-page bill contains $772.5 billion for non-defense programs, including $1 billion to cover looming WTC Health Program funding shortfalls and $3 billion for children and spouses of 9/11 victims.
Statement on the Adoption of the Gillibrand Amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill Providing Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program
The impact of the funding deficit will be delayed, which will allow the program to continue to welcome and serve injured responders and survivors—rather than beginning to turn them away in October 2024.