News Articles on effort to ensure that the World Trade Center Health Program is Fully Funded
Below are URLs to news stories on the effort to have the World Trade Center Health Program fully funded.
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.