News Articles on effort to ensure that the World Trade Center Health Program is Fully Funded – 2022

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December 29, 2022NewsdayThe sadly endless fight for 9/11 funding

Every request meets with pushback, from those who don’t want to help New York, who don’t want to spend the money, who promise to “never forget” even as they do.

December 26, 2022NY Daily NewsHeartless towards the heroes: World Trade Center Health Program is left short by Senate shenanigans

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?

December 24, 2022SILive.comGillibrand, 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.

December 24, 2022CBS New York2023 federal spending bill includes $1 billion for World Trade Center Health Program

“For those who rushed to the towers and were our heroes,” said Schumer. “We’re telling them we won’t forget you ever.” 

December 23, 2022Rep. Carolyn MaloneyMaloney Celebrates Inclusion of Funding for 9/11 Responders and Survivors in the Omnibus

This amendment provides $1 billion to address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).

December 22, 2022Senator Kirsten GillibrandGillibrand, Schumer Secure $1 Billion For 9/11 Health Program In Funding Package

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.

December 22, 2022NewsdaySenate passes $1.7 trillion spending bill, including $1 billion for WTC Health Program

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.

December 22, 2022Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga ActStatement 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.  

December 2022Neurology: Clinical PracticePhysical Functional Impairment and the Risk of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment in an Observational Study of World Trade Center Responders

We hypothesized that responders with PTSD would have an elevated risk of incident mild cognitive impairment and that physical functional impairment would mediate this increase.

December 21, 2022NewsdayDeal adds $1 billion for World Trade Center Health Program to omnibus spending bill

New York’s Democratic senators struck a deal with Mitch McConnell Wednesday on an amendment to add $1 billion to the omnibus spending bill to cover a WTC Health Program funding shortfall.

December 21, 2022NY Daily NewsCongressional negotiators agree to add $1B for 9/11 health fund in end-of-year spending bill

A last-second deal in the massive government funding bill will buy several more years for the World Trade Center health program before it runs into a budget crunch.

December 21, 2022Work-Bites9/11 Betrayal: Lots of Money for War While First Responders Get Short-Changed

Without congressional action, the World Trade Center Health Program will run out of money starting in FY 2025.

December 20, 2022Newsday$3 billion in WTC health care funding dropped from spending bill

Missing from the 4,155-page omnibus package posted at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday was $3.6 billion to cover a projected funding shortfall, beginning in October 2024.

December 20, 2022NY Daily News9/11 health fund spending for ill responders left out of Congress budget deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised but couldn’t deliver $3 billion needed to plug a looming deficit in the health program that treats ill 9/11 responders and survivors.

December 20, 2022Roll CallSenate lurches toward conclusion on massive spending package

The Senate took its first step Tuesday toward passing a nearly $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package needed before Christmas Eve to avert a partial government shutdown.

December 20, 2022Bloomberg LawWorld Trade Center Health Program’s $3 Billion Left Off Omnibus

The massive $1.7 trillion omnibus appropriations package to fund the government filed after midnight doesn’t include the $3.6 billion fix among the long list of items attached to the legislation (H.R. 2617).

December 20, 2022WSHU Public RadioFunding for 9/11 health program is left out of federal omnibus bill

While the program was reauthorized in 2015 and extended through 2090 with bipartisan support, it is estimated to be too cash-strapped to take on any new claims after October 2024.

December 20, 2022Sen. Kirsten GillibrandGillibrand Statement on 9/11 Health Funding Fix Being Left Out of Funding Package

“We have never failed our 9/11 heroes and we don’t intend to start now.”

December 20, 2022Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga ActStatement on the Release of an Agreed Omnibus Spending Bill that Does Not Contain Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program

What the Senate is saying is that they will not do the right thing unless injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors travel to Washington again and again, to walk their hallways to demand action.

December 19, 2022Environmental and Occupational HealthThe World Trade Center Health Program: an introduction to best practices

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.

December 19, 2022Environmental ResearchA 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.

December 19, 2022Archives of Environmental & Occupational HealthThe World Trade Center Health Program: an introduction to best practices

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.

December 18, 2022NewsdayFate of WTC Health Program funding tied to omnibus spending bill

A $3.6 billion measure to fully fund the WTC Health Program over the next decade hangs in the balance as lawmakers negotiate on an omnibus bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

December 14, 202213 WMAZMacon man who worked during 9/11 struggles to get therapist

The 9/11 health providers have not found a counselor for him, but he’s not the only one.

December 13, 2022NY Daily NewsSen. Schumer pushes weeklong extension to reach spending deal and avoid government shutdown

He warned lawmakers to be prepared to compromise on the bigger spending plan and also to be ready to act quickly to achieve the goal of passing a stopgap measure.

December 12, 2022The Patriot LedgerFamily fights for change after Abington dad, husband dies of ground-zero-related illness

In 2001, his work sent him to ground zero. By the morning of Sept. 13, he was on the ground and working to secure environmental cleanup contracts for the area immediately surrounding the World Trade Center.

December 9, 2022SILive.comAfter an 8-year battle with 9/11-related cancer, Staten Island NYPD Lt. Maureen Gill-Donohue succumbs to the disease. She was 57.

After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Lt. Gill-Donohue spent countless hours at Ground Zero, where she worked for months and served in several capacities, including overseeing security issues.

December 7, 2022 Journal of Alzheimer’s DiseaseExposure to World Trade Center Dust Exacerbates Cognitive Impairment and Evokes a Central and Peripheral Pro-Inflammatory Transcriptional Profile in an Animal Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Mice exposed to WTC particulate matter dust exhibited a significant impairment in spatial and recognition short and long-term memory.

December 5, 20221010 WINSNY DEA honors members who died from 9/11-related illnesses with plaque

The memorial, which consists of a bronzed flag engraved with the seven names, will become part of the DEA New York Division’s Hall of Honor.

December 3, 2022NY Daily NewsNYC appeals judge’s pension ruling linking ALS to 9/11 toxins; victim’s widow slams city stance in case

The city’s appeal puts the precedent on hold — and could end the possibility of any 9/11 pensions for sufferers of the disease.

November 30, 2022WSHUGillibrand pushes for an additional $3.6 billion for 9/11 health program

Gillibrand touted the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, which would close the funding gap by delivering $3.6 billion of supplemental funds.

November 30, 2022NY Daily NewsSen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls for action to plug $3B hole in 9/11 health fund

There are about 120,000 9/11 responders and survivors in the World Trade Center Health Program. When Congress voted in 2015 to fund it through the year 2090, it underestimated how much it would cost.

November 30, 2022Senator Kirsten GillibrandGillibrand Pushes To Close $3.6 Billion Funding Gap In 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program In End-Of-Year Spending Bill

Senator Gillibrand is pushing to include the bill in any upcoming legislative vehicle, including the omnibus spending bill or any end-of-year funding package.

November 29, 2022MyChesCoCFPB and New York Attorney General Take Action Against Companies that Cheated 9/11 Victims

The settlement will provide more than $600,000 in debt relief, bar the defendants from doing business with governmentally created 9/11 victim-compensation funds, and impose a $1 civil money penalty.

November 28, 2022Insurance JournalProposed Settlement Bars Financing Firm From Victim Compensation Funds

Under the settlement, RD Legal Funding and its owner, Roni Dersovitz, are permanently barred from doing business with potential recipients of any governmentally created 9/11 victim compensation funds.

November 27, 2022Wall Street JournalA Better Settlement for 9/11 Families

A federal judge blocked one path forward, but Congress can open another with a legislative tweak and repurposed federal funds.

November 23, 2022Consumer Financial Protection BureauCFPB and New York Attorney General Take Action Against Companies that Cheated 9/11 Victims

The harmed consumers are entitled to payments from the James Zadroga 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

November 22, 2022NY Daily NewsCDC keeps contract with Managed Care Advisors-Sedgwick as it struggles to provide medical services to 9/11 responders

The CDC has no plans to terminate a contract with a company that is struggling to provide medical services for 9/11 responders, and the agency is declining to say what penalties the firm could face.

November 21, 2022 — Spectrum News NY1 — Chef who fed first responders after 9/11 struggles with cancer

Moogan would deliver food to the building for three days, not knowing it would impact his health in the future. A little over a decade after the attacks, Moogan was diagnosed with cancer.

November 20, 2022Sleep MedicineLongitudinal associations between PTSD and sleep disturbances among World Trade Center responders

Results suggest PTSD and sleep problems may be linked at the same point in time but may not always influence each other longitudinally.

November 18, 2022The Journal NewsFuneral held for 9/11 former Larchmont fire chief, Brian Payne

A funeral Mass was held for Brian Payne at St. Augustine’s Church in Larchmont, Nov. 17, 2022.

November 18, 2022PIX11Chef who fed 9/11 responders needs cancer treatment

Moogan said he was glad to help in some way and brought seven trays to the hungry officers. About ten years later, Moogan was diagnosed with lung cancer.

November 17, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthCharacteristics of Cancers in Community Members Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster at a Young Age

A total of 23 different types of cancer were identified, including cancer types rare for this age group. Many were diagnosed in individuals lacking traditional cancer-specific risk factors such as tobacco use.

November 17, 2022WNYT News Channel 13Catskill widow remembers husband after his cancer death linked to 9/11

The sergeant was a police recruit with the NYPD. He had a seizure 20 years later. The kids found him, and called 911. It was a brain tumor – linked to his time working at Ground Zero.

November 16, 2022The InterceptChuck Schumer Quietly Moving Lame-Duck $3 Billion Payout to Families of 9/11 Victims

Schumer’s attempt at a rapid passage through unanimous consent would bypass debate on a payout using PPP money, angering families of Marines killed in the 1983 Beirut bombing.

November 16, 2022NY Daily NewsWhat Congress must accomplish: Some must-dos in the waning days of the 117th session

Unless more money is added soon, care for these responders and survivors, the heroes and victims of 9/11, will have to be rationed. No one opposes plugging the hole, but it still hasn’t happened yet.

November 15, 2022Archives of Environmental and Occupational HealthWorld 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).

November 15, 2022NY Daily News9/11 advocacy group asks CDC to reconsider contract with Sedgwick for health services due to ‘nonperformance’

The letter identifies numerous instances where Sedgwick still needs to live up to the contract’s requirements, which called for a system of providers to be in place and ready to go in May.

November 10, 2022NY Daily NewsJon Stewart and 9/11 advocates cajole Congress to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to vets sickened by burn pits

Federal officials believe at least 3.5 million members of the service were exposed to toxic fumes and dust similar to the noxious smoke from the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

November 9, 2022Mount SinaiCDC Awards Funding for Mount Sinai World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence

New contract provides eight years’ support for vital WTC-related health care for 9/11 workers and volunteers.

November 7, 2022NY Daily News9/11 health program users plagued with problems using new medical providers

A change in the companies managing health care for more than 118,000 people sickened by the 9/11 attacks has proven a nightmare for many enrolled in the program.

November 5, 2022NY Daily NewsRetired NYC firefighter with ALS fights for 9/11 pension; gets help from fallen NYPD cop’s lawsuit

Firefighter Robert Olsen claims he suffered asthma resulting from Lou Gehrig’s Disease as a result of 30 days he breathed in the toxic air while aiding rescue and recovery efforts.

November 3, 2022NY Daily NewsWhat Congress owes 9/11 first responders now

Cuts are unacceptable; cuts to this program are insulting.

November 2, 2022CBS New YorkAdvocates anxious to have uterine cancer added to World Trade Center Health Program coverage list

Regulators in Washington are still reviewing the proposal, with no timeline for final approval.

November 1, 2022Mid Hudson NewsRetired State Police sergeant from Columbia County dies of WTC effects

A City of Hudson resident, Sgt. Ivan Morales died from an illness stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

October 31, 2022NY Daily NewsBureaucratic red tape delaying approval of uterine cancer as 9/11 illness, advocates say

Federal health officials are dragging their feet on adding cancers of the uterus to a list of 9/11-related health conditions — outraging survivors fighting to have the illnesses recognized.

October 23, 2022NY Daily NewsDon’t leave them hanging: America must meet its obligation to those suffering 9/11 health ailments

Politicians so eager to stand by the fallen victims of 9/11 and their families are derelict in their obligation to the much larger group of still-living survivors and first responders

October 22, 2022NY Daily NewsNYC street renamed after hero NYPD detective and crusader for 9/11 survivors

Scores of people attended the ceremony at the corner of Scholes and Humboldt Sts., which is now called “Detective Barbara Taylor-Burnette Place.”

October 21, 2022Spectrum News NY1Number of FDNY deaths from 9/11-related illnesses may soon surpass number of those who died that day

“I think within six months, we’ll reach that 343 number,” said Lt. James McCarthy, president of the FDNY Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

October 20, 2022NewsdayFederal funds to boost 9/11 treatment, research at Stony Brook

Stony Brook University’s World Trade Center Health and Wellness Program on Thursday said it had won $147 million in federal funding to continue and expand its work.

October 19, 2022Pitta & BaioneNew York’s Revised 9/11 Laws Will Simplify Victims’ Claims

These new laws have implications for attorneys who handle probate matters, and for attorneys who handle VCF claims.

October 17, 2022Crain’s New York BusinessClearing up confusion about new 9/11 victim compensation laws

The state can’t require the federal government to do anything, but the lawyers and other New Yorkers who drew conclusions about the law either did not read it or did not understand it.

October 15, 2022Molecular NeurobiologyWorld Trade Center Site Exposure Duration Is Associated with Hippocampal and Cerebral White Matter Neuroinflammation

The present case-controlled study aimed to examine associations between WTC site exposure duration as well as EOD status with increased hippocampal and cerebral neuroinflammation.

October 8, 2022NY PostCarolyn Maloney 9/11 coat heading to museum

Maloney famously wore the custom-made coat on behalf of first responders to pressure the federal government into fully funding the permanent authorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

October 3, 2022NY Daily NewsFDNY 9/11-related illness deaths to soon surpass number of members that died in terror attack that day

As of Friday, 306 active and retired FDNY members — including firefighters and EMS members — have died of 9/11-related illnesses.

September 30, 2022New York TimesHouse Passes Bill to Give $2.7 Billion to Families of 9/11 Victims

The measure passed on an overwhelming bipartisan vote.

September 30, 2022NY Daily News9/11 survivors upset latest legislation doesn’t include $3B for World Trade Center health program funding gap

The “Fairness for 9/11 Families Act” was approved by the House on Friday, leaving many survivors and responders wondering why a similar bill is not advancing to shore up their underfunded health program.

September 29, 2022LaborPress.orgTWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Other Union Reps Meet With 9/11 Museum Curators and Executives In Bid for Museum Inclusion

The union has been seeking recognition for its members’ crucial role in clearing the way for first responders’ rescue and recovery efforts in the first 48 hours following the 9/11 attacks.

September 29, 2022The StatesmanNew form of dementia linked to 9/11 first responders

A study conducted by Stony Brook University researchers revealed that World Trade Center (WTC) responders with early-onset cognitive impairment may have a new form of dementia.

September 26, 2022WPTV 5 West Palm Beach9/11 survivors fight changes to health care program

A New York City law firm is fighting some major changes to the 9/11 health care program that ensures survivors of 9/11 with long-term illnesses will get the care and medications they need.

September 22, 2022NewsdayFirefighters lost to 9/11 illnesses top 300 with latest deaths

The death toll of firefighters felled by 9/11-related illnesses has surpassed 300, with one of the latest victims buried Thursday following a funeral Mass in Floral Park.

September 20, 2022FirehouseFDNY Hits Sad Milestone

Three FDNY members died in the past week from 9/11-related illnesses, pushing the death toll for members who toiled at ground zero in the weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks to more than 300.

September 19, 2022NY Daily NewsNumber of FDNY members lost to 9/11 related illnesses surpasses 300, ‘Unreal,’ firefighter’s daughter says of figure

The Fire Department lost 343 members who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

September 17, 2022NewsdayWall in Nesconset adds nearly 400 names of people who’ve died of 9/11-related diseases over a year

The annual ceremony Saturday honored the 384 people whose names were engraved in the three large granite walls of 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in Nesconset, bringing the total to 1,990.

September 16, 2022AFL-CIO NYC Central Labor Council9/11 Heroes Need Your Help! Send A Letter Now

It is critical that we renew our commitment to fighting for the responders and survivors of 9/11, and demonstrate that “Never Forget” is more than a slogan.

September 15, 2022Cancer MedicineMortality after the 9/11 terrorist attacks among world trade center health registry enrollees with cancer

We examined associations of 9/11-related exposures with mortality in WTC Health Registry enrollees diagnosed with cancer before and after 9/11/2001.

September 15, 2022The ForumRemedy $3B WTC Health Program Funding Deficit— before it becomes a Crisis: Schumer

Schumer detailed his plan to solve the funding dilemma before it becomes a crisis.

September 15, 2022Communications Workers of AmericaRemembering Our 9/11 Heroes

CWA encourages all eligible members to take full advantage of the programs that are available for 9/11 survivors and responders as soon as possible.

September 14, 2022 ABC 7 NYFDNY adds 37 names to memorial wall in Brooklyn to honor victims of 9/11-related illnesses

The 37 members who died from a World Trade Center illness was the second largest group to be added to the wall since it was created in 2011.

September 14, 2022The Whit OnlineEDITORIAL: Choosing to Remember but Forgetting to Support

Through poor planning and political division, the medical care and support of 9/11 survivors has become a minute detail in many politicians’ support roster.

September 14, 2022Spectrum News NY1FDNY adds 37 names to 9/11 FDNY Memorial Wall

At the ceremony, the newly added names were read, a bell was rung and a white rose was placed for each member.

September 12, 2022CBS New YorkNumber of new 9/11-related cancer cases increasing, medical experts say

Doctors say the number of 9/11-related cancers is on the rise.

September 12, 2022KHN Morning BriefingHealth Fund For 9/11 First Responders And Survivors Is Falling Short

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will work to appropriate an additional $3 billion in federal funding to help keep the program afloat.

September 12, 2022The Music UniversePearl Jam calls for Sept 12th Day of Solidarity to support healthcare heroes

At Madison Square Garden, Pearl Jam honored the first responders of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the 21st anniversary of the tragedy.

September 11, 2022Washington ExaminerFund for 9/11 first responders’ healthcare to dry up

The World Trade Center Health Program is experiencing financial shortfalls that have attracted the attention of Congress and activists alike, but so far, no solution has been found.

September 11, 2022Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiPelosi Statement Marking 21 Years Since the Terror Attacks of September 11, 2001

While we pray that time may ease the grief and pain inflicted two decades ago, it cannot diminish our love for those taken from us or our debt to those heroes who gave their lives to save others.

September 11, 2022NY Daily NewsFirst responders, survivors seeking health care funds

The federal health program that monitors and treats 9/11-related health conditions faces a $3 billion gap as early as next year, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

September 11, 2022NewsdaySen. Schumer pushes to fully fund WTC Health Program

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke from his Manhattan office on Sunday on the importance of getting more funding for the World Trade Center health program before the end of 2022.

September 11, 2022New York PostOn 9/11, Schumer vows to seek $3B for troubled Ground Zero health fund

He vowed to “make a push” to get the funding approved this year.

September 11, 2022NY Daily NewsNYPD captain dies of 9/11-related illness on 21st anniversary of attacks

Capt. Janelle Sanders died of an unspecified ailment, the Captains Endowment Association said in a tweet.

September 11, 2022WFLA News Channel 8 Tampa BayHealth care problems persist for Tampa Bay 9/11 survivors enrolled in troubled government program

The multi-billion-dollar government program set up to provide healthcare for more than 100,000 9/11 survivors continues to frustrate Floridians and others across the country.

September 11, 2022 — MSNBC — Rep. Garbarino Urges Action To Fund Health Care for 9/11 First Responders on 21st Anniversary

Rep. Andrew Garbarino joins “Velshi” to discuss funding shortfall facing the World Trade Center Health Program.

September 11, 2022Christianity TodayPennsylvania Pastor Reacts to Research Saying 9/11 First Responders Have Higher Risk of COVID-19 Complications

Pastor Messick disclosed that his exposure to toxic chemicals on Ground Zero led to a form of skin cancer.

September 11, 2022Newsday‘9/11 kids’ travel to D.C. to press for billions in compensation for losses

The group will urge lawmakers and policy officials to back a House bill that authorizes and provides funding for payments to 9/11 victims, spouses and dependents.

September 10, 2022NewsdayCDC: Number of 9/11-related cancers have doubled in past three years

“Cancer takes a long time to develop,” said Dr. Jacqueline Moline, who directs the program’s center for responders in Queens.

September 10, 2022NewsmaxHouse GOP Letter Warns of Looming 9/11 Health Program Funding Deficit

The letter is a follow-up to a previous letter the representatives sent to the committee in July requesting action on the bipartisan legislation.

September 10, 2022FortuneAfter 21 years, uterine cancer is close to being recognized as a 9/11-related illness. Here’s what it will mean for cancer patients who worked near Ground Zero

The World Trade Center Health Program recognizes dozens of conditions related to 9/11 and assists with their monitoring and treatment. Uterine cancer remains the only cancer that has not been recognized.

September 10, 2022New York PostNYC refusing to release 9/11 records without lawsuit immunity

The stubborn stance comes as two New York Congress members demand the mayor release all records kept under wraps since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

September 10, 2022NY Daily NewsNYC transit workers demand more recognition for heroism at Sept. 11 Memorial Museum

Transit workers who spent months clearing rubble, rebuilding tracks and driving buses near Ground Zero in 2001 and 2002 visited the museum last week. But they saw little of their sacrifice represented.

September 9, 2022WSAU-TV WausauEau Claire woman who lost father in 9/11 attacks fights for victims’ compensation legislation

She was a teenager when he died. Now she’s a mom with three kids.

September 9, 2022Albert Einstein College of MedicineLifeline: A Doctor’s Commitment to 9/11 First Responders

Twenty years ago, David Prezant, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein and chief medical officer of FDNY, provided triage care at Ground Zero. That was just the beginning of his work.

September 9, 2022September 11th Victim Compensation FundMessage from the Special Master on the 21st Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

We are proud to be in service to this community, and we join in honoring those who died on 9/11, those lost in the years since, and the many who are living with the unforgiving consequences of that day.

September 9, 2022Pulmonology AdvisorRespiratory and Health Issues Associated With 9/11: What the Research Shows

A range of respiratory conditions that can be linked to responders’ WTC exposure, including “WTC cough syndrome,” a persistent cough with onset after WTC exposure.

September 9, 2022CBS NewsNew research says 9/11 first responders have increased risk for complications from COVID-19

New research shows patients with 9/11-related chronic conditions are more likely to have more severe cases of COVID-19 and suffer from long COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath and brain fog.

September 9, 2022Congressman Andrew GarbarinoRepublican Members Urge Democrat Leadership To Fund 9/11 Health Program Ahead of 21st Anniversary

First responders and survivors suffering from 9/11 related illnesses are at risk of losing access to health care as soon as 2024.

September 9, 2022Congresswoman Elise StefanikStefanik, Colleagues Urge Democrat Leadership To Fund 9/11 Health Program

“Congress must never forget its debt of gratitude to our brave 9/11 first responders,” Stefanik said.

September 9, 2022NBC NewsA health care program for 9/11 survivors and first responders is running short of money, say members of Congress

A dozen GOP House members sent a letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee chair asking for more funds for the World Trade Center Health Program.

September 9, 2022Spectrum News NY1Hochul approves measures to aid Sept. 11 survivors and victims

The measures are meant to remove delays and bureaucratic red tape that have prevented access to the Victim Compensation Fund, as well as workers’ compensation claims.

September 9, 2022News 9 Oklahoma CityThousands Of 9/11 First Responders Dealing With Chronic Health Issues

It’s estimated that more than 80,000 responders are enrolled in World Trade Center Health programs.

September 9, 2022NewsdayFDNY unions: James Zadroga 9/11 health act needs more funding or it could run out by 2025

The union officials urged Congress to pass a bill that would provide money for the future medical needs, which they estimated to be $3 billion to $4 billion.

September 9, 2022NY Daily NewsCongress acts to fill $3B gap for 9/11 first responders health fund

For once, Congress looks like it might answer the call of ill 9/11 responders before they face a crisis.

September 9, 2022Governor Kathy HochulGovernor Hochul Signs Legislation to Support 9/11 Victims, First Responders, and Their Loved Ones

Ahead of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, Governor Kathy Hochul today signed five pieces of legislation to provide support to 9/11 victims and survivors and their families.

September 9, 2022ABC 7 NYFDNY fatalities from post-9/11 illnesses set to surpass September 11 death toll

Firefighters are dying from September 11th related illnesses at such an increased rate that the number of department deaths will soon surpass those killed 21 years ago at the World Trade Center.

September 8, 2022Fox NewsWorld Trade Center health program facing funding shortage

Phil Alvarez, brother of 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez, on the need to take care of first responders facing illnesses after working at Ground Zero.

September 8, 2022Mount SinaiMount Sinai Researchers Awarded $2.4 Million Grant From CDC to Support Aging 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers

The median age of these first responders is now 59, and by 2030, the majority of them will be 65 or over and at risk for aging-related conditions and consequences of the terrorist attacks.

September 8, 2022New Castle NewsEx-FBI agent became 9/11 victim 16 years later

Schuler spent just five days combing through the wreckage before being reassigned. But it was enough to threaten her life a decade and a half later when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

September 7, 2022Fox NewsMany 9/11 first responders still fighting for health benefits 21 years later

Feal is again pushing for lawmakers to take action, this time on a funding shortfall in the program, which he said will be $3 billion short sometime before 2025.

September 6, 2022HemOnc TodayWorkers exposed to World Trade Center site at greater risk for myeloma precursor disease

Workers who reported to the World Trade Center site after 9/11 had a twofold higher risk for myeloma precursor disease compared with the general population.

September 6, 2022Roll CallStopgap funding bill set to dominate September agenda

The CR under discussion in the House would extend spending at roughly fiscal 2022 levels to Dec. 16, two and half months into the new fiscal year.

September 2, 2022World Journal of Nuclear MedicineAssessment of Alzheimer’s Disease Imaging Biomarkers in World Trade Center Responders with Cognitive Impairment at Midlife

Preliminary results suggest that WTC responders with neurocognitive dysfunction may be at increased risk for a neurodegenerative dementia process as a result of their exposures at September 11, 2001.

August 31, 2022News4 JacksonvilleJacksonville 9/11 first responder battling cancer dropped from WTC health program after insurance provider switch

Jeffrey Brown helped recover and remove bodies at the Pentagon. He said the WTC program paid for his cancer treatments up until last week.

August 30, 2022NY Daily NewsCover them too: Defense personnel should be covered by the 9/11 health program

Why does the health program set up by Congress for responders and survivors exclude Department of Defense personnel?

August 29, 2022NY Daily NewsVeterans who worked as 9/11 first responders can’t access WTC health program due to technicality

Nate Coward didn’t ask questions when his company of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment was called on to recover and bury the Pentagon’s dead.

August 29, 2022New York TimesJudge Recommends Rejecting Bid by Sept. 11 Families to Seize Frozen Afghan Funds

A federal judge said the Afghan central bank’s assets could not legally be used to pay off judgment debts owed by the Taliban to relatives of victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

August 25, 2022Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterWorld-Renowned Cancer Expert Shares Troubling Research on World Trade Center Exposure

New research suggests that workers who reported to the site were exposed to carcinogens that doubled their risk of developing myeloma, a type of cancer.

August 25, 2022Fox 5 New YorkCongress called to fund medical program for 9/11 survivors

A medical program for survivors of the September 11 attacks is said to be “dangerously” close to running out of funding and advocates are sounding the alarm and asking congress to step in.

August 22, 2022Stony Brook University NewsDo WTC Responders With Cognitive Impairment Show Signs of a New Form of Dementia?

According to the authors, this is the first study to examine white matter alterations using connectometry in a sample of WTC responders in mid-life (average age: 56) with and without concurrent PTSD.

August 22, 2022Blood Cancer JournalMyeloma precursor disease (MGUS) among rescue and recovery workers exposed to the World Trade Center disaster

This study adds to mounting evidence supporting an association between WTC/environmental exposures and MGUS among rescue/recovery workers.

August 21, 2022NY PostOld news clipping helps cancer patient prove he was at WTC on 9/11, collect benefits

“No one could have predicted 20 years later that we were going to need that proof to corroborate the story,” said Cullum’s lawyer.

August 11, 2022Journal of Alzheimer’s DiseaseDTI Connectometry Analysis Reveals White Matter Changes in Cognitively Impaired World Trade Center Responders at Midlife

Results from this study suggest that WTC responders with early-onset CI may be experiencing an early neurodegenerative process characterized by decreased FA in white matter tracts.

August 11, 2022CBS News9/11 responders deadline approaching

The deadline is exactly one month away for 9/11 first responders to notify New York state about their work following the terrorist attack.

August 8, 2022SILive.comAs city mulls releasing 9/11 documents related to toxic air, former Staten Island Sanitation worker urges transparency

“What if the city knew the air was unsafe to breathe?” he said. “I think people deserve to know that answer.”

August 5, 2022OncLiveNew Cancer Study Results Confirm Lasting Effects on 9/11 First Responders

The rate of prostate cancer was approximately 30% higher among FDNY firefighters, and the rate of thyroid cancer was more than 2-fold higher.

August 3, 2022BBN TimesUnderstanding the Ongoing Health Legacy of 9/11

Exposure to toxic dust and smoke has led to the development of cancers and other health complications.

August 3, 2022Washington TechnologyEvaluation of 9/11 health care contract raises objections

A pair of protestors are claiming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went against its solicitation in awarding a $100 million health care contract that supports Sept. 11 survivors.

August 3, 2022NY Daily NewsOpen the NYC 9/11 files: The city must release its archives on air quality during the rescue and recovery efforts

Lawyers for the City of New York are sitting on a hidden library of documents about the environmental and health hazards from Ground Zero dating back to 2001 that must be published.

August 3, 2022U.S. Congresswoman Mikie SherrillReps. Sherrill, Maloney Lead Letter Calling for Prompt Inclusion of Uterine Cancer in the World Trade Center Health Program

“Now that the public comment period has ended, it is absolutely essential that the decision to include uterine cancer takes place as soon as possible,” said Congresswoman Sherrill.

August 2, 2022NY PostNY pol Andrew Gounardes slams FDNY as 9/11 first responders face firing

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn), one of the bill’s sponsors, said in the letter sent Monday that “unlimited means unlimited” and the law’s purpose was to prevent this situation from happening.

August 1, 2022Government MattersHow a former DOJ employee revitalized the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Rupa Bhattacharyya, former special master of the fund at the Department of Justice and finalist for a Service to America award, helped the fund bounce back from a series of major challenges.

July 31, 2022NY Post‘Betrayed’: Sick 9/11 first responders on brink of losing jobs despite law

Court battles can last for years for FDNY EMS members, leaving them trapped in a bureaucratic limbo between sick leave and retirement that wreaks financial ruin on their lives.

July 30, 2022NY Daily NewsNYC concerned about lawsuits after release of post-9/11 memos about toxic air at Ground Zero

Municipal attorneys said they might release the undisclosed material, but only if the lawmakers met three eyebrow-raising demands.

July 30, 2022NY Daily NewsPay back our debt: What 9/11 first responders need now

The physical damage to property from the 9/11 attack has long since been repaired downtown. The ongoing physical damage to people continues and demands the best care we can provide.

July 29, 2022NY Daily NewsRep. Carolyn Maloney demands push for 9/11 health fund after $3B nixed from giant Democratic spending bill

Because funding formulas written into the 9/11 health law have proven insufficient to meet demand, the program that treats sick responders and survivors is on track to run a $3 billion deficit.

July 28, 2022NY Daily NewsSen. Schumer vows to find cash to plug $3B hole in 9/11 health program

“We will get this. There’s ample opportunity to get this in … other must-pass bills,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Capitol Hill.

July 26, 2022Rep. Carolyn B. MaloneyRep. Maloney Calls on Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Pallone to Address the $3 Billion Funding Shortfall for the World Trade Center Health Program in Future Budget Legislation

In the Congresswoman’s letter, she addresses the long-term health impacts that 9/11 responders and survivors have endured and their extensive medical care needs as a result.

July 23, 2022Forbes Breaking News‘We Owe It’: Nicole Malliotakis Pushes For House To Fund World Trade Center Health Program

In remarks on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) spoke about the World Trade Center Health Program.

July 18, 2022Westchester County, NYWestchester County 9/11 Related Illnesses Memorial Committee Soliciting Names of those who have died of 9/11 Related Illnesses

County Executive George Latimer said: “It is imperative that the lives we lost due to 9/11 related illnesses are not forgotten – not ever.”

July 16, 2022WTAJ NewsSen. Gillibrand calls on Congress to close gap on World Trade Center Health Program funding

Sen. Gillibrand calls on Congress to close gap on World Trade Center Health Program funding.

July 15, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthPosttraumatic Stress Disorder Mediates the Association between Traumatic World Trade Center Dust Cloud Exposure and Ongoing Systemic Inflammation in Community Members

Data indicate that the chronic PTSD symptoms and some specific symptom clusters of PTSD significantly mediate the WDCTE on systemic inflammation, as reflected by the CRP levels.

July 15, 20228NewsNowSen. Gillibrand calls on Congress to close gap on World Trade Center Health Program funding

More than 100,000 people depend on the program to treat their 9/11-related health problems. Gillibrand wants congress to close the funding gap.

July 13, 2022Newsday9/11 responders still need federal and state help

After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Long Islanders flocked to Ground Zero to help. Now, they are still getting sick.

July 13, 2022NorthJersey.comGround zero work after 9/11 damaged ferry captain’s lungs. A young donor gave him new life

On 9/11, Tony Moyet was the first New York Waterway ferry captain on the scene to help evacuate the area. He returned to ground zero to work for the next 18 months.

July 12, 2022The Broadsheet‘Show Me the Records!’: Adams Agrees to Discuss Release of Documents from 2001 about City Hall’s Awareness of Ground Zero Health Risks

Mayor Eric Adams is willing to consider releasing documents about what information City Hall had regarding environmental toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center.

July 12, 2022LaborPressPressure Mounts on City to Come Clean with 9/11 WTC Files

In 2003, the EPA Inspector General was harshly critical of how the EPA downplayed and actually misrepresented the hazards in and around the World Trade Center site. 

July 11, 2022Rep. Elise StefanikStefanik, Colleagues Urge Democrat Leadership To Fund 9/11 Health Program

“I’m calling on House Democrats to end any delay on moving forward legislation that will ensure 9/11 first responders do not lose health coverage,” Stefanik said.

July 11, 2022Texas Metro NewsBeloved doctor who worked on 9/11 cancer cases dies

Dr. Gérard Breton, who was instrumental in connecting the 9/11 first responder cancer cases to Ground Zero dust, passed away on June 22. He was 89.

July 9, 2022NY Daily NewsNYC Mayor Adams to work with Reps. Maloney, Nadler about what City Hall knew about Ground Zero toxic air after 9/11

In a letter, the mayor invited their offices to discuss their long-standing request for a full accounting of the city’s actions and knowledge about the dangerous environment in lower Manhattan.

July 8, 2022NY Daily NewsN.Y.’s Republican congressional delegation wants Democratic leaders to fix 9/11 healthcare $3B deficit

The original funding formula was pegged to inflation and not indexed to handle urban health care costs, which have gone up faster than other prices.

July 4, 2022NY Daily NewsPay the debt: The 9/11 health program needs federal funds badly

While Congress rightly created a permanent WTC Health Program in 2015 after a long struggle, it is underfunded and will have to start rationing medical care for the heroes and survivors of 9/11.

July 3, 2022The News JournalFormer NYPD detective could soon find out whether 9/11 Victims’ Fund gets expanded to include rare kidney disease

When he later got sick, Volpe didn’t get cancer or any number of lung diseases like many ground zero first responders did. Instead, it was something much rarer.

July 2, 2022NY Daily News9/11 World Trade Center Health Program has $3B looming deficit

If the Build Back Better legislation had passed, it would have forestalled the possibility that the program would have to start considering cuts or limiting access.

July 1, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthMolecular Clustering Analysis of Blood Biomarkers in World Trade Center Exposed Community Members with Persistent Lower Respiratory Symptoms

A comparison of WTC exposure categorial variables identified that chemokines, circulating receptors, MMPs, and vascular markers significantly increased in the more exposed groups.

June 30, 2022Rand Health QuarterlyTranslational Impacts of World Trade Center Health Program Research: A Mixed Methods Study

In this article, the authors describe the findings and recommendations of a four-year study of the Program’s research portfolio and its translational impact.

June 27, 2022Cancer Research CommunicationsWorld Trade Center dust exposure promotes cancer in PTEN-deficient mouse prostates

Chronic inflammation, induced by WTC dust exposure, promotes more aggressive cancer in genetically predisposed prostates and potentially in patients.

June 25, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthChange in Asthma Is Associated with Change in PTSD in World Trade Center Health Registrants, 2011 to 2016

This study tested whether a clinical change in mental problems was associated with a difference in asthma control, and whether a change in asthma control varied with a change in quality of life.

June 25, 2022Adirondack ExplorerLegislature passes bill for 9/11 death benefits to Adirondack officer’s widow

He became the first documented environmental conservation officer in the state to have died from a 9/11-related illness.

June 25, 2022NY Daily NewsFederal aid for 9/11 illness sufferers hits $10 billion mark

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had given out $10 billion in aid as of June 6.

June 22, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthCharacteristics of Women with Lung Adenocarcinoma in the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center

The identification of a relatively high proportion of women never-smokers with lung cancer warrants further investigation into the role of WTC dust exposure.

June 22, 2022 NewsdayUterine cancer may soon be added to WTC Health Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed adding uterine cancer — one of the only types not covered by the Health Program — to the list of WTC-related health conditions.

June 21, 2022GothamistWTC Health Program on verge of covering uterine cancer, a victory for 9/11 responders and survivors

For the first time in nine years, the World Trade Center Health Program is adding to its list of health conditions.

June 13, 2022Stony Brook University NewsPatients With Chronic Illnesses From WTC Exposures More Likely to Suffer “Long-Term” Covid

The researchers found that a number of existing chronic conditions appeared to predispose the patients to Covid-19-related severity, and/or were associated with long-term Covid sequelae.

June 12, 2022NY Daily NewsMy breast cancer and your survival: What anyone who was downtown on and after 9/11 needs to know

The doctor went down the list of common cancer-causing exposures. When she asked whether I’d ever lived and worked near the World Trade Center site, her face tightened when I said yes.

June 7, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthThe Impact of World Trade Center Related Medical Conditions on the Severity of COVID-19 Disease and Its Long-Term Sequelae

Increased COVID-19 illness severity and the presence of post-acute COVID-19 sequelae may be more common in WTC responders with chronic diseases.

June 7, 2022LaborPress9/11 WTC First Responders and Coal Miners in Common Cause?

When the Build Back Better initiative was sunk , editorial writers said it was a blow for the White House — but it was also a setback for the nation’s coal miners as well as 9/11 WTC first responders and survivors.

June 6, 2022Police1FBI police official dies of 9/11-related cancer

The uniform Tao wore on 9/11 is on permanent display at the Bureau’s police office headquarters.

June 2, 2022CNN4 former members of the New York City Fire Department die of 9/11-related illnesses within 4 days, FDNY says

The former FDNY members — Michael Verzi, Robert Reynolds, Vincent Mandala and Jack McCauley — all died during the end of May, the FDNY said.

May 31, 2022 NY PostFDNY loses three retired members to 9/11-related illnesses, officials say

Three smokeaters who aided in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks died over Memorial Day weekend of illnesses related to their work.

May 31, 2022Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Launches 9/11 Health Effects Online Exhibition

This exhibit is dedicated to all people impacted by 9/11, including those who lost their lives, those who died from 9/11-related illnesses, and those who continue to struggle with 9/11-related illness or injury.

May 30, 2022Washington PostUterine cancer may be added to the list of 9/11-related health issues

Uterine cancer makes up 3.4 percent of all new cancer cases nationally and will cause an estimated 12,550 deaths this year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

May 27, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthThe Relationship between 9/11 Exposure, Systemic Autoimmune Disease, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Mediational Analysis

Although emerging evidence suggests 9/11 exposure may be associated with SAD, more research is needed, particularly using pooled data sources from other 9/11-exposed cohorts.

May 23, 2022The Chief-LeaderPanel could add uterine cancer to WTC Health Program coverage

Currently, uterine cancer is the only type of cancer not covered under the program.

May 21, 2022NY Daily NewsCancers of the uterus finally headed to list of 9/11 illnesses — boon to female first responders, downtown NYC residents

Members of New York’s congressional delegation have repeatedly petitioned the WTC Health Program to put cancers of the uterus on the 9/11 illness list.

May 17, 2022Occupational Health & SafetyWorld Trade Center Health Program Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The WTC Health Program is considering adding uterine cancer to the WTC-Related Conditions list.

May 13, 2022The BroadsheetNadler Presses City Hall to Release Documents from 2001 about City Hall’s Awareness of Ground Zero Health Risks

The push by Mr. Nadler and Ms. Maloney has garnered support from local activists who focus on the continuing health impacts of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

May 12, 2022Rep. Carolyn B. MaloneyReps. Maloney, Nadler Call on Mayor Adams to Disclose City Records on Governmental Knowledge of the Scope of the Health Threats to 9/11 Responders and Survivors

Congressmembers Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerrold Nadler asked Mayor Adams to release “any documents related to 9/11 from the period of September 11, 2001 through the spring of 2002.”

May 12, 2022NY Daily NewsN.Y. lawmakers ask NYC Mayor Adams for help in getting answers about Ground Zero toxins

The city had never given a full accounting of what the mayor and his team knew about the situation, and when they knew it, the lawmakers say.

May 10, 2022China DailyCancer cases linger over 9/11 anniversary

As the 18th anniversary of the attacks approaches, New York continues to count the number of people who have developed cancer or other serious illnesses.

May 9, 2022Rutgers UniversityRutgers-Led Effort Is Close to Getting Uterine Cancer Covered by WTC Health Program

The public now has 45 days to comment before the provision becomes final.

May 9, 2022Inhalation ToxicologyWorld Trade Center dust induces nasal and neurological tissue injury while propagating reduced olfaction capabilities and increased anxiety behaviors

This study was designed to test if WTC particle-induced nasal and neurologic tissue injury may result in unforeseen functional and behavioral outcomes.

May 3, 2022NY Daily NewsAnother 35 names added to NYPD memorial wall in somber ceremony

Bronze plaques bearing the names of NYPD officers who died in the line of duty were unveiled in the lobby of Police Headquarters in lower Manhattan Tuesday morning.

May 2, 2022Rutgers UniversityUntrained Disaster Responders Are More Prone to Suicide Years After World Trade Center Attack

Researchers found 12.5 percent of nontraditional workers have expressed suicidal ideation in the years after their work at Ground Zero, compared with 2.2 percent of police, firefighters and EMTs.

May 2, 2022United States Department of JusticeInterim September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Appointed Following Departure of Rupa Bhattacharyya

The Justice Department announced today the appointment of August E. Flentje as the interim Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

April 22, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthGlobal DNA Methylation Profiles in Peripheral Blood of WTC-Exposed Community Members with Breast Cancer

The results suggest potential epigenetic links between WTC exposure and breast cancer in local community members enrolled in the WTC EHC program.

Apr. 22, 2022NY Daily NewsState lawmakers join 9/11 compensation fight for NYPD first responder’s widow

In a letter to Mayor Adams this week, more than a dozen state senators asked the city to drop its appeal.

Apr. 22, 2022NY Daily NewsDoing right by the heroes: NewYork-Presbyterian fixes its policies toward 9/11 responders and victims

We’ll be checking back soon to make sure that the contract with Uncle Sam is signed pronto and patients get their refunds.

Apr. 21, 2022 NY Daily NewsNewYork-Presbyterian finally agrees to accept World Trade Center Health Plan for 9/11 survivors

In an email to the News, a spokesman for the hospital acknowledged that they are reaching out to the sick responders and will ensure they are repaid for any improper charges.

Apr. 20, 2022 Business InsuranceNY bill would provide comp cover for 9/11 recovery workers

Assembly Bill 9922 would amend the rules on presumptive evidence for those who participated in the 9/11 operations.

Apr. 19, 2022The EnterpriseTwin towers toxic dust made her husband sick. Now, this Quincy native is stepping up

All too often forgotten are the trash collectors, construction workers, family members and even neighbors who, for almost a year after the Twin Towers fell, gathered at the 14.6-acre site.

Apr. 18, 2022Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCancer Incidence, Latency, and Survival in World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Workers

Cancer patients have improved survival when participating in the medical monitoring and treatment program sponsored by the NIOSH WTC Health Program compared to the general population.

Apr. 16, 2022NY Daily NewsDo no harm: NewYork-Presbyterian owes 9/11 health victims better treatment

It’s only at Presby, which is among the world’s best for specialties like liver and lung transplants, that patients get the runaround and hit with bills.

Apr. 14, 2022NY Daily NewsGround Zero survivors battle New York-Presbyterian Hospital which won’t accept 9/11 Health Program

Benjamin Chevat, who runs the 9/11 Health Watch, said it was particularly galling that the hospital told members of Congress last year that long-running problems didn’t exist.

Apr. 6, 2022Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12)Joint Statement by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and Rep. Jerrold Nadler on the Departure of Rupa Bhattacharyya Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

“A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to Ms. Bhattacharyya, who is stepping down as Special Master, for her service to her country and to the responders and survivors of 9/11,” said Rep. Maloney.

Apr. 6, 2022NY Daily NewsA noble tour of duty: Department of Justice lawyer Rupa Bhattacharyya did right by 9/11 victims and their families

She’s heading out now to academia after more than a quarter-century of public service and deserves the thanks of all, especially New Yorkers.

Apr. 5, 2022NY Daily NewsRupa Bhattacharyya steps down as special master of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Bhattacharyya was named special master in 2016, taking over not long after Congress reauthorized the fund that aids people who are still suffering from the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Apr. 1, 2022WSMV-4Nashville firefighters help in Vanderbilt study focusing on 9/11

As firefighters put out wildfires in Sevier County, Vanderbilt researchers are looking into how smoke and chemicals impact their blood in the long term.

Mar. 30, 2022 — NY Daily News — FDNY Capt. Michael Lyons, World Trade Center hero, dies from 9/11-related illness

When Port Authority engineer Pasquale Buzzelli miraculously survived the collapse of the North Tower, Lyons and a crew of firefighters creatively and carefully pulled him out of the teetering wreckage.

Mar. 28, 2022 — Cancer Medicine — Lung cancer incidence among world trade center rescue and recovery workers

In a sample from a large, prospective cohort, we found a lung cancer incidence rate that was similar to that expected of a WTC- and occupationally-unexposed cohort with similar individual risk profiles.

Mar. 24, 2022CA: A Cancer Journal for CliniciansCancer risk among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers: A review

Twenty years after, the association between exposures present at the World Trade Center (WTC) site and the risk of several specific types of cancer has been reported among rescue and recovery workers.

Mar. 22, 2022New York TimesRival Sept. 11 Victims Near Potential Deal to Divide Afghan Central Bank Assets

A court has not yet decided whether $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank funds can be used to pay Taliban debts.

Mar. 22, 2022NBC NewsHouse members from New York want info on federal contract to manage health care for some 9/11 survivors

A federal spokesperson said handing management of the program over to a new firm would be delayed “to allow more time for a smooth transition.”

Mar. 22, 2022House Committee on Oversight and ReformMaloney, Nadler, Garbarino Request Information About New Federal Contract for 9/11 Survivors’ and Responders’ Medical Care

Following reports that some responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack were not receiving the medical care they deserve, the Members have been conducting rigorous oversight of the program.

Mar. 21, 2022Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy“Acculturation, coping, and PTSD in Hispanic 9/11 rescue and recovery workers”: Correction

In the original article, the following acknowledgment of funding was missing in the author note.

Mar. 19, 2022NY Post9/11 families battling over $3.5B in Taliban funds

The legal drama pits family members of 47 people killed during the terror attacks against the kin of nearly 3,000 others.

Mar. 19, 2022NY Daily NewsWidow of NYPD detective and 9/11 responder who died from ALS fights NYC over death benefits

The city is appealing a landmark court decision that has linked a retired NYPD detective’s death from Lou Gehrig’s Disease to the months he spent at Ground Zero.

Mar. 16, 2022 Translational PsychiatryReduced cerebellar cortical thickness in World Trade Center responders with cognitive impairment

WTC responders with cognitive impairment had evidence of reduced cerebellar cortical thickness that was present across lobules in a pattern unique to this cohort.

Mar. 15, 2022Axios NashvilleNashville firefighter DNA powers 9/11 research

A new study used the samples to determine 9/11 first responders were more likely than their peers to have a genetic mutation that can cause blood cancers or cardiovascular disease.

Mar. 10, 2022Journal of Affective DisordersPrevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation in world trade center responders: Results from a population-based health monitoring cohort

A total 12.5% of non-traditional and 2.2% of police WTC responders reported SI.

Mar. 8, 2022WRTV IndianapolisIndianapolis firefighter who responded to 9/11 attack at World Trade Center dies

Chief Mark W. Rapp Sr., 66, died on Friday after a battle with lung cancer, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Mar. 8, 2022Boston Herald9/11 first responders have higher rates of genetic mutations linked to cancer

Ten percent of these responders – compared to 6.7% of those not at the WTC that day –- had evidence of clonal hematopoiesis, which leads to a different genetic pattern than the rest of one’s blood cells.

Mar. 7, 2022UPI WTC first responders have higher frequency of gene mutations linked to cancer

First responders who worked at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have higher levels of genetic mutations linked with leukemia and other blood cancers.

Mar. 7, 2022Vanderbilt University Medical CenterStudy finds World Trade Center responders at higher risk for blood cancer-associated mutations

9/11 first responders to the World Trade Center have increased levels of mutations that escalate their risk for blood cancers or cardiovascular disease.

Mar. 7, 2022Nature MedicineHigh burden of clonal hematopoiesis in first responders exposed to the World Trade Center disaster

The high burden of CH in WTC-exposed first responders provides a rationale for enhanced screening and preventative efforts in this population.

Mar. 5, 2022NY Daily NewsCentury 21 workers who fought to reopen store after 9/11 now suffering from Ground Zero illnesses

Out of the roughly 600 people who worked in the store when it reopened, at least 15 employees or vendors are now stricken with a 9/11 illness or cancer.

Feb. 26, 2022NY PostFDNY firefighter awarded $2.5M in 9/11 cancer lawsuit

The Brooklyn firefighter, assigned to Engine 221, raced to the smoking pile of rubble after the Twin Towers fell to dig for survivors and remains. He worked at the toxic site for months.

Feb. 24, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthThe Bidirectional Relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Social Support in a 9/11-Exposed Cohort: A Longitudinal Cross-Lagged Analysis

Findings suggest a bidirectional effect between PTSD symptoms and social support in a longitudinal study of 9/11-exposed populations.

Feb. 17, 2022NorthJersey.comBiden’s 9/11 settlement creates a nightmare families never wanted to face

The community of families of 9/11 victims is fracturing after President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing that $3.5 billion in Afghan government assets be distributed to relatives of those killed in the attacks.

Feb. 12, 2022Boston HeraldFamilies of 9/11 victims demand equal compensation from Biden’s Executive Order

Biden signed an order Friday that would unfreeze $7 billion in assets from Afghanistan’s central bank, and reallocate those dollars between humanitarian relief for Afghanistan and a fund for 9/11 victims’ loved ones.

Feb. 11, 2022All Things ConsideredHalf of frozen Afghan funds will be aid for Afghans. The rest may go to 9/11 families

The president signed an executive order to set aside half the money for humanitarian aid for Afghans. The other half could go to families of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

Feb. 2, 2022The Chief-LeaderAs Build Back Better Bill Flounders, 9/11 Health Advocates Eye Plan B

President Biden’s $1.8 trillion Build Back Better agenda included almost $3 billion to fund the 9/11 WTC Health Program, which was scheduled to run out of funds by 2025.

Jan. 14, 2022International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthLongitudinal Impact of WTC Dust Inhalation on Rat Cardiac Tissue Transcriptomic Profiles

Even > 20 years after the 9/11 disaster, this has potentially important implications for those first responders exposed repeatedly at Ground Zero over the first week after the buildings collapsed.

Jan. 13, 2022Kaiser Health NewsLong-Excluded Uterine Cancer Patients Are Step Closer to 9/11 Benefits

The hormone-related cancer can develop after someone is exposed to the kind of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including benzene, that were found in the dust that lingered in Lower Manhattan for months after the 9/11 attacks.

Jan. 8, 2022NorthJersey.comWood-Ridge firefighter who responded on 9/11 dies at 67

He is believed to have died from cancer he developed as a result of contact with the dust and debris that covered the victims who traveled across the Hudson River that day.

Jan. 6, 2022 NY Daily NewsVeteran NYPD detective and Ground Zero hero Barbara Burnette dies from 9/11-related illness

The former college basketball player developed lung cancer that forced her NYPD retirement in 2006 and wound up in a wheelchair during her courageous post-9/11 fight for life.

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