With the impending budget shortfall facing the World Trade Center Health Program starting in 2025, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2) introduced the bipartisan legislation, “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act” (HR.4965/S. 2683). Its purpose is to ensure the adequate funding for the World Trade Center Health Program so it can continue to provide medical treatment and monitoring to injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors.
The legislation was introduced with a strong show of bipartisan support with 6 sponsors in the Senate and 40 in the House with members of Congress from across the country including, Connecticut, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides medical treatment and monitoring for over 100,000 9/11 responders and survivors from the World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash site, who live in every State and 434 out of 435 Congressional Districts.
The WTCHP was created by Congress in 2010 and was reauthorized in 2015 to remain open until 2090 after years of efforts by 9/11 responders and survivors to get Washington to recognize the health impacts of the toxins at Ground Zero that were impacting thousands. However, in coming years, the World Trade Center Health Program will not have enough funds to provide all the care that is needed for those still suffering the physical and mental impact of 9/11. This includes the responders and survivors who will be newly diagnosed with 9/11-associated cancers caused by their toxic exposures in the coming years.
This needs to be fixed before it impacts the ability of the program to provide care.
The 2019 effort to pass the “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” dealt with the need to fully fund the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and authorize it until 2090. That successful effort needs to be replicated to make sure the World Trade Center Health Program is also fully funded for the life of those still suffering the impact of 911.
As the Nation observes the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this legislation is needed to ensure that the slogan that we will never forget 9/11 is a reality and that 9/11 responders and survivors will continue to the get care that they need and deserve.
Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act want to thank the lead sponsors, Senators Gillibrand, Schumer, and Representatives Maloney, Nadler and Garbarino along with all their cosponsors for their efforts on behalf of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors to fully fund the World Trade Center health Program We look forward to working with them along with other advocates in the coming years to continue to support the goals of the legislation so that remembering 9/11 should be more than a bumper sticker.
List of House Co-sponsors (HR. 4965)
List of Senate Co-sponsors (S.2683)
Bill Text: 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (HR 4965 / S 2683)
Maloney, Nadler Garbarino Dear Colleague July 26, 2021
WTC Health Program Membership by State July 2021
VCF Participation by State December 2018
August 9, 2021
Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino, and Gillibrand, Schumer Introduce Legislation to Deal with the Impending Funding Shortfall Facing the World Trade Center Health Program. WASHINGTON, DC – Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. applauded the introduction of the “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act,” which addresses the impending funding shortfall facing […]
Aug. 6, 2021 — U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino, and Gillibrand Introduce the Bipartisan 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act
This legislation would address a funding shortfall in the WTCHP and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future.
Aug. 6, 2021 — New York Daily News — Ahead of Sept. 11 anniversary, Congress scrambles to fully fund World Trade Center Health Program
The needs of responders have proven to be even greater than anyone feared, and health care costs have also risen faster than predicted.
August 9, 2021 — New York Daily News — Helping survivors survive: Congress owes more to those stricken by 9/11-related health problems
The people who rushed to help downtown on that terrible September Tuesday and in the days, weeks and months to follow didn’t do so as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans.
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