News Articles on effort to ensure that the World Trade Center Health Program is Fully Funded – 2022
Below are URLs to news stories on the effort to have the World Trade Center Health Program fully funded.
December 29, 2022 — Newsday — The 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Heartless 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, 2022 — SILive.com — 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.
December 24, 2022 — CBS New York — 2023 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, 2022 — Rep. Carolyn Maloney — Maloney 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, 2022 — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — Gillibrand, 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, 2022 — Newsday — Senate 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, 2022 — Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act — 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.
December 2022 — Neurology: Clinical Practice — Physical 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, 2022 — Newsday — Deal 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Congressional 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, 2022 — Work-Bites — 9/11 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, 2022 — Newsday — $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, 2022 — NY Daily News — 9/11 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, 2022 — Roll Call — Senate 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, 2022 — Bloomberg Law — World 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, 2022 — WSHU Public Radio — Funding 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, 2022 — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — Gillibrand 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, 2022 — Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act — Statement 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, 2022 — Environmental and Occupational Health — The 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, 2022 — Environmental Research — 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.
December 19, 2022 — Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health — The 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, 2022 — Newsday — Fate 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, 2022 — 13 WMAZ — Macon 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Sen. 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, 2022 — The Patriot Ledger — Family 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.
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 Disease — Exposure 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, 2022 — 1010 WINS — NY 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYC 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, 2022 — WSHU — Gillibrand 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Sen. 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, 2022 — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — Gillibrand 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, 2022 — MyChesCo — CFPB 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, 2022 — Insurance Journal — Proposed 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, 2022 — Wall Street Journal — A 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, 2022 — Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — CFPB 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — CDC 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, 2022 — Sleep Medicine — Longitudinal 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, 2022 — The Journal News — Funeral 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, 2022 — PIX11 — Chef 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Characteristics 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, 2022 — WNYT News Channel 13 — Catskill 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, 2022 — The Intercept — Chuck 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — What 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, 2022 — Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health — 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).
November 15, 2022 — NY Daily News — 9/11 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Jon 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, 2022 — Mount Sinai — CDC 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — 9/11 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Retired 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — What Congress owes 9/11 first responders now
Cuts are unacceptable; cuts to this program are insulting.
November 2, 2022 — CBS New York — Advocates 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, 2022 — Mid Hudson News — Retired 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Bureaucratic 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Don’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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYC 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, 2022 — Spectrum News NY1 — Number 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, 2022 — Newsday — Federal 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, 2022 — Pitta & Baione — New 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, 2022 — Crain’s New York Business — Clearing 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, 2022 — Molecular Neurobiology — World 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, 2022 — NY Post — Carolyn 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — FDNY 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, 2022 — New York Times — House Passes Bill to Give $2.7 Billion to Families of 9/11 Victims
The measure passed on an overwhelming bipartisan vote.
September 30, 2022 — NY Daily News — 9/11 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, 2022 — LaborPress.org — TWU 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, 2022 — The Statesman — New 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, 2022 — WPTV 5 West Palm Beach — 9/11 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, 2022 — Newsday — Firefighters 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, 2022 — Firehouse — FDNY 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Number 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, 2022 — Newsday — Wall 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, 2022 — AFL-CIO NYC Central Labor Council — 9/11 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, 2022 — Cancer Medicine — Mortality 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, 2022 — The Forum — Remedy $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, 2022 — Communications Workers of America — Remembering 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 NY — FDNY 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, 2022 — The Whit Online — EDITORIAL: 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, 2022 — Spectrum News NY1 — FDNY 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, 2022 — CBS New York — Number 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, 2022 — KHN Morning Briefing — Health 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, 2022 — The Music Universe — Pearl 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, 2022 — Washington Examiner — Fund 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, 2022 — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — Pelosi 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — First 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, 2022 — Newsday — Sen. 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, 2022 — New York Post — On 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYPD 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, 2022 — WFLA News Channel 8 Tampa Bay — Health 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, 2022 — Christianity Today — Pennsylvania 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, 2022 — Newsday — ‘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, 2022 — Newsday — CDC: 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, 2022 — Newsmax — House 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.
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, 2022 — New York Post — NYC 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYC 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, 2022 — WSAU-TV Wausau — Eau 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, 2022 — Albert Einstein College of Medicine — Lifeline: 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, 2022 — September 11th Victim Compensation Fund — Message 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, 2022 — Pulmonology Advisor — Respiratory 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, 2022 — CBS News — New 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, 2022 — Congressman Andrew Garbarino — Republican 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, 2022 — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik — Stefanik, 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, 2022 — NBC News — A 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, 2022 — Spectrum News NY1 — Hochul 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, 2022 — News 9 Oklahoma City — Thousands 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, 2022 — Newsday — FDNY 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Congress 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, 2022 — Governor Kathy Hochul — Governor 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, 2022 — ABC 7 NY — FDNY 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, 2022 — Fox News — World 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, 2022 — Mount Sinai — Mount 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, 2022 — New Castle News — Ex-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, 2022 — Fox News — Many 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, 2022 — HemOnc Today — Workers 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, 2022 — Roll Call — Stopgap 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, 2022 — World Journal of Nuclear Medicine — Assessment 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, 2022 — News4 Jacksonville — Jacksonville 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Cover 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Veterans 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, 2022 — New York Times — Judge 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, 2022 — Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center — World-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, 2022 — Fox 5 New York — Congress 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, 2022 — Stony Brook University News — Do 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, 2022 — Blood Cancer Journal — Myeloma 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, 2022 — NY Post — Old 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, 2022 — Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease — DTI 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, 2022 — CBS News — 9/11 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, 2022 — SILive.com — As 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, 2022 — OncLive — New 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, 2022 — BBN Times — Understanding 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, 2022 — Washington Technology — Evaluation 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Open 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, 2022 — U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill — Reps. 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, 2022 — NY Post — NY 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, 2022 — Government Matters — How 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, 2022 — NY 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYC 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Pay 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Rep. 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Sen. 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, 2022 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Rep. 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, 2022 — Forbes 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, 2022 — Westchester County, NY — Westchester 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, 2022 — WTAJ News — Sen. 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Posttraumatic 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, 2022 — 8NewsNow — Sen. 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, 2022 — Newsday — 9/11 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, 2022 — NorthJersey.com — Ground 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.
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, 2022 — LaborPress — Pressure 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, 2022 — Rep. Elise Stefanik — Stefanik, 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, 2022 — Texas Metro News — Beloved 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — NYC 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — N.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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Pay 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, 2022 — The News Journal — Former 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — 9/11 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Molecular 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, 2022 — Rand Health Quarterly — Translational 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, 2022 — Cancer Research Communications — World 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Change 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, 2022 — Adirondack Explorer — Legislature 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Federal 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Characteristics 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 — Newsday — Uterine 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, 2022 — Gothamist — WTC 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, 2022 — Stony Brook University News — Patients 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — My 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — The 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, 2022 — LaborPress — 9/11 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, 2022 — Police1 — FBI 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.
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 Post — FDNY 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, 2022 — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — World 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, 2022 — Washington Post — Uterine 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — The 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, 2022 — The Chief-Leader — Panel 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Cancers 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, 2022 — Occupational Health & Safety — World 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, 2022 — The Broadsheet — Nadler 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, 2022 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Reps. 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — N.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, 2022 — China Daily — Cancer 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, 2022 — Rutgers University — Rutgers-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, 2022 — Inhalation Toxicology — World 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Another 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, 2022 — Rutgers University — Untrained 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, 2022 — United States Department of Justice — Interim 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Global 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — State 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Doing 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 News — NewYork-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 Insurance — NY 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, 2022 — The Enterprise — Twin 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, 2022 — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Cancer 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Do 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Ground 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, 2022 — Rep. 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — A 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Rupa 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, 2022 — WSMV-4 — Nashville 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, 2022 — CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians — Cancer 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, 2022 — New York Times — Rival 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, 2022 — NBC News — House 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, 2022 — House Committee on Oversight and Reform — Maloney, 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, 2022 — Psychological 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, 2022 — NY Post — 9/11 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Widow 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 Psychiatry — Reduced 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, 2022 — Axios Nashville — Nashville 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, 2022 — Journal of Affective Disorders — Prevalence 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, 2022 — WRTV Indianapolis — Indianapolis 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, 2022 — Boston Herald — 9/11 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, 2022 — UPI — 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, 2022 — Vanderbilt University Medical Center — Study 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, 2022 — Nature Medicine — High 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, 2022 — NY Daily News — Century 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, 2022 — NY Post — FDNY 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — The 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, 2022 — NorthJersey.com — Biden’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, 2022 — Boston Herald — Families 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, 2022 — All Things Considered — Half 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, 2022 — The Chief-Leader — As 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, 2022 — International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Longitudinal 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, 2022 — Kaiser Health News — Long-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, 2022 — NorthJersey.com — Wood-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 News — Veteran 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.