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

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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.

Last Modified: May 18, 2022