News Articles on effort to ensure that the World Trade Center Health Program is Fully Funded – 2021
Below are URLs to news stories on the effort to have the World Trade Center Health Program fully funded.
Dec. 27, 2021 — Columbia Daily Tribune — Bryant Gladney’s life of service included deployment to New York City after 9/11 attacks
Bryant Gladney leaves behind a legacy of serving mid-Missouri during his 25 years with the Boone County Fire Protection District.
Dec. 22, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — West Virginia’s Unions Prod Sen. Manchin To Relent on ‘Build Back’
The day after Mr. Manchin’s announcement that he would not provide the decisive vote, the West Virginia AFL-CIO and United Mine Workers of America issued statements urging him to return to negotiations.
Dec. 21, 2021 — Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) — EPA Sued Over Refusal to Regulate Corrosive 9/11 Dust
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s corrosivity standard is so lax that it illegally subjects people who breathe or ingest unregulated alkaline dust to serious harm.
Dec. 20, 2021 — NY Daily News — Failure to pass Build Back Better plan threatens 9/11 health care funding
The death sentence Joe Manchin declared for President Biden’s massive domestic policy bill is also threatening a key priority of New York lawmakers — plugging a nearly $3 billion gap in the 9/11 health program.
Dec. 7, 2021 — ABC 7 NY — FDNY assistant chief is 264th member to die of World Trade Center-related cancer
Assistant Chief of EMS Alvin Suriel, a 32-year veteran of Emergency Medical Service, is the 264th member of the FDNY to die of WTC-related illness.
Dec. 7, 2021 — New York Daily News — Assistant Chief of FDNY EMS dies of 9/11 illness
FDNY EMS Assistant Chief Alvin Suriel, a lifelong lifesaver who helped oversee the department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic died Tuesday following a short battle with an aggressive 9/11 cancer. He was 52.
]Dec. 1, 2021 — SILive.com — Staten Island ex-NYPD sergeant gets prison time for 9/11 benefits fund theft
Authorities said Spinosa lied about her time at the landfill and falsely stated that she worked at the location, sifting through materials for human remains from September 2001 to June 2002.
Nov. 30, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Reps. Maloney, Nadler, Union Leaders, and Advocates Applaud Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program in House Passed Build Back Better Act
The WTCHP needs adequate funding now and in the future so that every injured and ill 9/11 responder and survivor has access to the medical treatment they need and deserve.
Nov. 30, 2021 — Spectrum News NY1 — Elected officials spotlight new ‘Build Back Better’ funding for WTC health program
According to the FDNY, nearly 75% of its members who worked at the World Trade Center site now have some form of long-term illness.
Nov. 30, 2021 — amNY — Build Back Better Act will help fund World Trade Center Health Program
Mario Cilento, President of NYS AFL-CIO, says that elected officials need to take immediate action to ensure medical care for those who risked their lives in 9/11 aid.
Nov. 25, 2021 — American Journal of Industrial Medicine — Autoimmune conditions in the World Trade Center general responder cohort: A nested case-control and standardized incidence ratio analysis
High WTC exposure was not associated with autoimmune domains and conditions.
Nov. 24, 2021 — NBC News — Firm that administers medical benefits for some 9/11 survivors loses federal contract
Survivors said the program was failing to pay medical bills, providing inadequate treatment options and neglecting to address the needs of a population with significant rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nov. 18, 2021 — Neurology — Cognitive impairment and World Trade Centre-related exposures
We review the existing evidence concerning neurological outcomes in WTC-affected individuals, with the aim of educating WTC-affected individuals and their friends and families.
Families of officers lost during 2020 began to weep as a battalion of intricate bouquets were amassed on behalf of various sections of the department in the Hall of Heroes.
This focused review summarizes the WTC-related respiratory diseases that developed in the FDNY cohort after 9/11.
Oct. 29, 2021 — WINK News — 9/11 retirees struggling to get health care in Southwest Florida
There are about 700 NYPD retirees in Southwest Florida who need medical care, but some health care providers, including Lee Health, don’t take their health insurance.
Oct. 29, 2021 — News 12 Connecticut — NYPD heroes awarded medals for heroism, dedication to NYC
NYPD officers who have put their lives on the line were rewarded for their heroism in a ceremony Friday.
Oct. 16, 2021 — NY Daily News — NYC retirement agency short changes death benefits for parents of paramedic who died of 9/11 illness: union
The EMS workers’ union wonders if other families have also been drastically short-changed by city retirement system bean counters.
Oct. 15, 2021 — NY Daily News — Rescue the heroes: Congress must meet its obligation to those suffering from 9/11 health ailments
No one wants to be in the WTC Health Program; they need to be. There is no choice in battling the cancers and the other killers that are preying on this population.
Oct. 14, 2021 — Psychological Trauma : Theory, Research, Practice and Policy — Race/ethnic differences in prevalence and correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder in World Trade Center responders: Results from a population-based, health monitoring cohort
Results of this study underscore the burden of differential vulnerability that can contribute to higher prevalence of PTSD in certain cultural subgroups following large magnitude traumatic events.
Oct. 8, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — 9/11 Disability-Pension Advocates Say NYCERS Not Serving Them
Unions that represent some 9/11 first-responders say the New York City Employees’ Retirement System continues to deny most of them disability pensions equal to three-quarters of final average salary.
Oct. 5, 2021 — The Broadsheet — World Trade Center Health Program Faces Funding Shortfall
Activists, local leaders, and elected officials are working to head off this possibility with new legislation.
Oct. 2, 2021 — NorthJersey.com — Former North Arlington mayor will be honored in fallen firefighters ceremony
Joseph Bianchi is among the fallen firefighters who will be honored in a candlelight ceremony Saturday as part of the 40th Annual National Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Oct. 1, 2021 — The Times Telegram — World Trade Center health panel takes first step to add uterine cancer to 9/11 diseases
This week, a key advisory panel took a key step toward securing coverage for uterine cancer — 90% of which is endometrial cancer.
Oct. 2021 — Prehospital and Disaster Medicine — Health Trends among 9/11 Responders from 2011-2021: A Review of World Trade Center Health Program Statistics
Cancer in general, as well as lung disease, heart disease, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seem to be increasing among 9/11 responders, even now close to 20 years later.
Oct. 2021 — American Journal of Industrial Medicine — The World Trade Center Health Program: Twenty years of health effects research
In this commentary, we describe the WTC Health Program, with emphasis on the health-effects research it has funded since inception in 2011.
Sep. 30, 2021 — The New York Times — Edward Keating, Times Photographer at Ground Zero, Dies at 65
Mr. Keating’s enterprising spirit as a photographer sometimes got him in trouble.
Sep. 30, 2021 — Pennsylvania News Today — 2 Decades After 9/11: Are Victims And Responders Compensated?
There’s a group of people who won’t be able to easily move on from 911 even if they wanted to. These people are the victims, survivors, and those who were injured or harmed by that event.
Sep. 29, 2021 — THV 11 Little Rock — 9/11 leaves legacy of helping firefighters battle cancer
The hundreds of firefighters sickened after working at Ground Zero gives a spotlight to the need for cancer support.
Sep. 29, 2021 — News12 The Bronx — Retired FDNY member in need of a bone marrow donor due to 9/11-related illness
Brian Kevan, from Bethpage, has been battling cancer for two years. He was among the first responders working at ground zero.
Sep. 29, 2021 — Medscape Medical News — Cancer Among 9/11 Responders: Incidence and Risk Factors 20 Years Later
Two decades after the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), health problems among first responders and survivors remain a concern.
Sep. 28, 2021 — Spectrum News 1 — 101 names added to state’s fallen officers memorial
The ceremony was held just weeks after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and the impact of that day and the weeks that followed continued to be visible at the memorial.
Sep. 23, 2021 –– The Chief-Leader — Nadler, Maloney Press City for 9/11 Documents on Air-Quality Hazards
9/11 World Trade Center health advocates from first-responder unions and the lower Manhattan neighborhood supported the call for the city to disclose all documents.
Sep. 22, 2021 — American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine — Metabolic Risk Factors and the Development of World Trade Center-Lung Disease
Sep. 20, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Maloney & Nadler Request Giuliani Admin Documents on 9/11 Toxins
“The time has come for a full accounting of the history of 9/11.”
Sep. 20, 2021 — NY Daily News — Maloney, Nadler ask NYC mayors what they knew about health hazards at Ground Zero
The new letter suggests that at least two members of Congress do not believe the administrations of Giuliani and his successor, Michael Bloomberg, delivered all the goods.
Sep. 18, 2021 — News12 The Bronx — ‘You’re not alone.’ Victims of 9/11-related illnesses honored at Nesconset ceremony
The names of 295 people were read aloud and added to the memorial wall at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park. They join the 1,800 names already on it.
Sep. 17, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — TWU Honors Its Post-9/11 Dead And Others Who Labored at WTC
Since 2014, the union has awarded its Injured 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Medal to members who were part of the efforts at the Trade Center and suffer from related health conditions.
Sep. 17, 2021 — Creators — Chuck Norris: Some Lessons From 9/11 Seem Hard for Us To Remember
In the divisive world we now live in, such selfless and humane acts are important to remember. And as for the care of survivors, they should be abundantly compensated.
Sep. 15, 2021 — Bronx Times — Watch: Einstein film on Dr. David Prezant and World Trade Center first responders
“Lifeline: A Doctor’s Commitment to 9/11 First Responders” is Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s film on the work of Dr. David Prezant.
Sep. 14, 2021 — The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice. — The Relationship between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Self-management Behaviors in World Trade Center Workers with Asthma
We did not find significant differences in key asthma self-management behaviors between WTC workers with and without PTSD.
Sep. 14, 2021 — InnovateLI — Ceremonies end, but work continues for 9/11 heroes
To this day, healthcare providers continue to monitor and treat populations exposed to toxic debris on that fateful day, and many days after.
Sep. 14, 2021 — Longevity — 9/11 Responders and Survivors Still Plagued By Health Effects 20 Years Later
The most common conditions affecting first responders and survivors include cancer, respiratory ailments, sleep apnea, and mental health disorders that include PTSD and anxiety or major depression.
Sep. 14, 2021 — CBS New York — Another 25 Names Added To FDNY Memorial Wall Honoring Members Who Died Of 9/11 Illnesses
Officials have said 75% of the firefighters who responded on 9/11 now have some form of illness.
Sep. 13, 2021 — Today UK News — Firefighters working at World Trade Center during 9/11 are 13% more likely to develop cancer
The men were about four years younger when the disease was detected compared to their colleagues who also had cancer.
Sep. 13, 2021 — COPD News Today — Risk of COPD 30% Higher in Earliest Responders to Twin Towers Collapse
COPD in these first responders is often preceded by a diagnosis of asthma, with 40% of these people developing asthma-COPD overlap.
Sep. 13, 2021 — House Committee on Oversight and Reform — Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino Seek Information on Services Provided by Contractor to 9/11 Survivors and Responders
We must ensure the World Trade Center Health Program not only has the necessary resources, but that the program is properly administered so that members receive the high-quality care that they need and deserve.
Sep. 13, 2021 — News Medical — Study finds 24% higher prostate cancer risk among rescue/recovery workers after World Trade Center attacks
The findings indicate a shorter latency period from occupational exposure to disease development than that reported in other studies of men not involved in 9/11 recovery/rescue work.
Sep. 13, 2021 — Fire Department of the City of New York — FDNY Adds 25 Names to Memorial Wall for Deaths Related to World Trade Center Illnesses
To date more than 257 FDNY members have died of World Trade Center related illnesses.
Sep. 13, 2021 — PBS NewsHour — Exposure related health conditions still trouble 9/11 first responders 20 years later
“I was blowing my nose for weeks, and blood was coming out of it. But I just kept going back.”
Sep. 12, 2021 — amNewYork — Another name-reading in Lower Manhattan honors those who died of 9/11-related illnesses from Ground Zero
The event aimed to remind the world that the lives lost as a result of that day did not just occur in 2001, but have in fact continued to take fathers, mothers and sons and daughters from their loved ones.
Sep. 12, 2021 — PBS NewsHour — A survivor’s fight for health care for young adults impacted by 9/11
“We have 9/11 survivors in every state. You know, there are 9/11 responders and survivors who are sick in almost every congressional district.”
Sep. 12, 2021 — NY Daily News — 20 years later, many MTA workers still feel unappreciated for 9/11 sacrifice
They drove buses that carried first responders across lower Manhattan and used metal-working expertise learned on the trains and subway to cut twisted metal beams in the debris.
Sep. 12, 2021 — 60 Minutes Overtime — They responded to 9/11 as officers, now they treat those who stood beside them
Two retired NYPD sergeants, now health care providers, continue to see health challenges among first responders 20 years after the terrorist attacks.
Sep. 12, 2021 — New York Post — More people have now died from 9/11 illnesses than during Sept. 11 attacks
There were 2,996 victims killed on 9/11, while federal statistics show that 3,311 people enrolled in the CDC’s World Trade Center Health Program have died.
Sep. 12, 2021 — FOX 10 Phoenix — ‘Complete devastation’: West Virginia first responder helped clear 9/11 wreckage
Michael Harper, a West Virginia paramedic, was part of a task force dispatched to Ground Zero shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sep. 12, 2021 — NBC News — Autoimmune diseases may be rising for 9/11 survivors. But the government hasn’t acknowledged a link.
People with those diseases aren’t eligible for free health care or compensation.
Sep. 11, 2021 — Gov. Kathy Hochul — To Mark 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Governor Hochul Signs Three Pieces of Legislation to Support 9/11 and Communications First Responders
The bills make it easier for WTC first responders to apply for WTC benefits.
Sep. 11, 2021 — WGRZ 2 Buffalo — 9/11 20 years later: Roswell Park continues to provide care for first responders
Prior to Roswell Park getting approval first responders previously had to go all the way to New York City for free treatments.
Sep. 11, 2021 — CBC News — New Yorkers heeded calls to return to normal after 9/11. Some fear that decision made them sick
“There were 300,000 downtown office workers, 25,000 downtown residents and 50,000 students and teachers living, working and going to school. And they were all exposed to the same toxins as the firefighters and cops.”
Sep. 11, 2021 — Fox News — What health threats did 9/11 first responders face?
An estimated 400,000 persons were exposed to toxic contaminants and other factors.
Sep. 11, 2021 — The Hill — To honor 9/11 survivors, increase health funding
It has become clear that the funding levels provided to the World Trade Center Health Program cannot keep up with the increased cost of caring for sick responders and survivors.
Sep. 11, 2021 — The Lancet — New 9/11 casualties strain health-care programme
Thousands of people enrol in the World Trade Center Health Program every year, but—two decades after the 9/11 attacks—a funding shortfall is looming.
Sep. 10, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — WTC Health Program to Go Broke In 3 Years; Urge Congress to Act
Without congressional action, the World Trade Center Health Program will run out of money starting in FY 2025.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Roll Call — New York lawmakers press for more 9/11 health aid
The House is already planning to include funding, and Schumer’s support makes it likely that if a bill comes together, it will be included.
Sep. 10, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — Conflicting Trade Center Benefit-Map Boundaries a Source of Confusion
While the VCF catchment area in lower Manhattan is south of Canal Street, the WTC Health Program zone is much larger, starting at Houston St. and including a portion of western Brooklyn.
“People continue to get sick and die and it’s not just New York City cops and firefighters.”
Sep. 10, 2021 — Michigan Radio — For Many Who Were Present, The 9/11 Attacks Have Had A Lasting Mental Health Impact
Researchers studying the health of survivors, recovery workers and witnesses say the event led to increased rates of mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney Marks 20 Years Since 9/11
“Today, as we mark 20 years since that fateful day in 2001, we must remember that 9/11 isn’t just in the past.”
Dr. David Prezant was knocked fully airborne at 9:59 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t see the impact coming, but he felt it when it hit—and it nearly killed him.
Sep. 10, 2021 — CBS New York — Advocates Say Health Care Funding For 9/11 Survivors Could Run Out By 2025 Unless Congress Passes Correction
The main focus of the bill is to fix a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program that now supports more than 100,000 survivors.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Vice — 9/11 Is Still Claiming Victims: ‘I Wake Up in Pain’
More people have likely died from 9/11-related illnesses than died on the day of the attacks, according to new data released by the federal government’s Victim Compensation Fund.
Sep. 10, 2021 — NYC Health + Hospitals — NYC Health + Hospitals’ World Trade Center Environmental Health Center Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11
The WTC Environmental Health Center has seen more than 13,000 members at its three clinics as of August 2021.
Sep. 10, 2021 — CNBC — Cancer cases, medical complications surge for 9/11 survivors, CDC report says
Of the 104,223 enrollees in the World Trade Center Health Program, a federal benefits plan for survivors and responders, 58% of all program members contracted at least one illness caused by 9/11 as of last year.
Sep. 10, 2021 — The Cut — The Women Left Out of Post-9/11 Health Care
Only a few “women-specific” conditions, such as breast and ovarian cancers, have been officially recognized by the WTCHP.
Sep. 10, 2021 — New York Post — Stuyvesant HS student near Ground Zero on 9/11 now NYC teacher with cancer
“One of the reasons I got sick was the rush to get back to normal. I worry about the rush to normal during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Sep. 10, 2021 — New York Post — NYC pension worker suffers from lung disease after 9/11
A non-smoker, she developed “smoker’s cough” and was diagnosed with emphysema/lung disease and lymphoma. She underwent six months of grueling hemotherapy.
Sep. 10, 2021 — NY Daily News — Slow-motion murder: 9/11′s forgotten victims are forgotten no more
For far too long, this agony was not believed despite medical proof and a growing roster of the sick and dead.
Sep. 10, 2021 — NY Daily News — A 9/11 victim, killed 20 years later
He was proud of his work. Proud that he showed up. Proud that he had tried.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Albany Law School — Prof. Hutter Reflects on Pro Bono Win for 9/11 Heroes
Professor Michael J. Hutter’s pro bono work led to a legal precedent for hundreds of volunteers to access benefits and care to treat ailments and illnesses related to exposure to toxic materials.
Sep. 10, 2021 — USA Today — Retired NYPD officers: We dug through the World Trade Center rubble, looking for our brothers
We were New York City police officers at the time. We each took different paths to the World Trade Center that day. Those paths converged as we tackled opposite ends of a dangerously intense rescue.
Sep. 10, 2021 — The Democrat and Chronicle — Lack of protective gear at Ground Zero left Rochester veteran breathless but unbowed
It took years before physicians and scientists began to understood just how contaminated the air was with toxins from the collapsed building.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Kaiser Health News — ‘Luckiest Man Alive’: Why 9/11 First Responders’ Outlooks May Improve Even as Physical Health Fails
Even as 9/11 responders’ self-reported physical health has declined over the years, they have consistently reported their mental health-related quality of life as better than that of average Americans.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Gothamist — Cancer, Chronic Illnesses Are Rising Among 9/11 First Responders—But Their Retirement Claims Keep Getting Denied
First responders who worked at Ground Zero frequently run into red tape as they develop health conditions such as cancer.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Popular Science — What 20 years of screening 9/11 first responders for health risks has taught us
They were the first at the scene on 9/11. Twenty years later, they’re helping us learn the long-term health consequences.
‘My surgeon told me, “Thank God you were standing up for yourself to keep going and not take no for an answer”‘
Sep. 10, 2021 — Chicago Sun-Times — ‘Wouldn’t have done anything different,’ says one of a legion of Chicago firefighters, cops who went to NYC after 9/11 and now suffer
They rushed from Chicago to help and bonded with their New York counterparts amid the grief and horror. Today, some face illnesses they blame on exposure to the toxic rubble.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Associated Press — 20 years later, fallout from toxic WTC dust cloud grows
Two decades after the twin towers’ collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Reps. Maloney, Nadler, and Garbarino Introduce Resolution Commemorating 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) today introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sep. 10, 2021 — NBC News — Schumer wants more health care funding for 9/11 first responders, survivors
The money would avoid a projected shortfall in a federal program that provides medical care for people affected by the 9/11 attacks.
Sep. 10, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Reps. Maloney, Nadler, and Garbarino, Leader Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, and Advocates Call on Congress to Pass 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act
The 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act would address an expected funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and ensure the program’s adequate funding now and in the future.
Sep. 9, 2021 — News Nation USA — Nearly 60% of 9/11 First Responders, Survivors Have a WTC-Related Condition: Study
The vast majority of the conditions are non-cancerous, primarily upper respiratory disease, reflux, COPD, PTSD and depression. Among the cancerous conditions, the most common were skin and male genital cancers.
Sep. 9, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — Ground Zero Nurse Reflects On Devastating 9/11 Health Toll
Ms. Tyrrell, who provides annual health exams for the city’s first-responders, said she first started seeing that people who helped in the cleanup were getting sick about five years after the attacks.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Journal of the National Cancer Institute — Cancer Incidence in World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers: 14 Years of Follow-Up
In the largest cohort of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers ever studied, overall cancer incidence was lower than expected, and intensity of WTC exposure was associated with increased risk.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Journal of the National Cancer Institute — World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers: Cancer Increases Are Beginning to Emerge
Those who first arrived onsite on September 11, many of whom would have been exposed to the dust cloud, had an overall cancer incidence 47% higher than those arriving later.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Vanity Fair — “I’m Alive Today Because of This Man”: One 9/11 Responder’s Blistering Fight to Make Sure D.C. Gives a F–k
John Feal has waged an epic battle to strong-arm Congress into supporting the thousands of first responders who fell ill in the wake of September 11
Sep. 9, 2021 — Spectrum News NY 1 — New documentary reveals fight for health care benefits for 9/11 first responders
He’s an everyday New Yorker who was thrust into an extraordinary situation 20 years ago. Today, John Feal is the driving force behind the new documentary “No Responders Left Behind.”
Sep. 9, 2021 — Marketplace — 20 years on, health care claims from 9/11 survivors are increasing
Two decades on, there are still significant ongoing health costs connected to that day.
Sep. 9, 2021 — WTOL 11 Toledo — 20 Years Later: The uncounted victims of 9/11
Long after their service on Sept. 11, 2001, responders carried the burdens medically.
Sep. 9, 2021 — New York Times — 9/11 Survivors Are Still Getting Sick Decades Later: ‘Am I Next?’
By some estimates, more than 400,000 people in Lower Manhattan, including those who lived, worked and studied there, were exposed to toxic material from the pulverized towers.
Sep. 9, 2021 — The City — COVID Death Toll Among 9/11 First Responders and Survivors Nears Grim Milestone
Almost 100 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program have died from the virus, though advocates believe many others beyond the registry have succumbed.
Sep. 9, 2021 — NY Daily News — Congress aims to fund 9/11 health program deficit by adding to the upcoming $3.5T budget bill
While the World Trade Center Health Program has the money it needs for the short-term, surging enrollments and escalating cases of cancer are pushing costs up much faster than was predicted.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. — Pallone Includes $2.86 Billion in Funding for the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program in Build Back Better Act
While the program has been extended by Congress until 2090, data from the CDC estimates that this vital program will face a projected funding shortfall starting in 2025. The legislation will address this shortfall.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Spectrum 1 News — Health impacts from 9/11 attacks continue, 20 years later
Twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed, 9/11 continues to haunt civilians and first responders who were in lower Manhattan in the months following the terrorist attacks.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Courier News/MyCentralJersey — Rutgers’ World Trade Center Health Program continues to save lives
The center has 4,784 on its list of patients and is currently treating 2,526 for ailments ranging from respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders to sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer, particularly head and neck cancers.
Sep. 9, 2021 — CBS New York — No Regrets From First Responders Suffering Chronic Illness From Ground Zero Toxins; ‘Our City Needed Us’
For Tarquinio and others living with the scars of heroism, it was an instinctive act to help amid unimaginable destruction. They didn’t know, at the time, they would become victims themselves.
Sep. 9, 2021 — News 12 Connecticut — 20 years after 9/11, toll mounts among responders who faced toxins at ground zero
On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 90,000 emergency responders raced to the front lines of the unfolding tragedy. They were hoping to save lives – thinking little of their own – because they were told they didn’t have to.
Sep. 9, 2021 — New Jersey Globe — Pallone, Sherrill work to expand 9/11 first responder health coverage
With the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center approaching this Saturday, two members of Congress from New Jersey are highlighting their efforts to expand health care funding and coverage for 9/11 first responders.
Sep. 9, 2021 — Healio — World Trade Center program offers valuable information for health care professionals
The CDC’s World Trade Center Health Program provides important information for all health care professionals, even those who do not treat anyone directly affected by the 9/11 tragedies, those with direct knowledge of the program said.
Sep. 9, 2021 — NBC News — ‘I feel betrayed’: Some 9/11 responders still face major health care obstacles
A company tasked with helping responders and survivors get free medical care has failed to achieve some of its basic aims, patients and staffers say.
Sep. 8, 2021 — The Conversation — 20 years on, 9/11 responders are still sick and dying
Emergency workers and clean-up crew are among 9/11 responders still suffering significant health issues 20 years after the terrorist attacks.
Sep. 8, 2021 — ABC 15 WPDE — Former NYPD officer, MB resident remembers the devastation after 9/11 attacks
The sky was clear and blue. “It was beautiful,” Cruz said. “It went from a beautiful sky and it just changed and flipped.”
Sep. 8, 2021 — Boston 25 News — Health concerns persist for 9/11 first responders from New England
Among them are 345 men and women from Massachusetts and 104 from New Hampshire. Connecticut, with 621, had the most first responders from New England in the program. Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont had 67, 66 and 44 respectively.
Sep. 8, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — Trade Center Health Program Links Physical and Mental Woes From 9/11
The program is a unique one and is a collaboration between the FDNY, the medical community and the unions that represent the department’s uniform and civilian employees.
Sep. 8, 2021 — CBS 4 Miami — Remembering 9/11: Doctors Still Treating First Responders For Mental Health Issues
Michael George reports twenty years after the September 11th attacks, tens of thousands of first responders and survivors and their families are still coping with lasting impacts on their mental health.
Sep. 8, 2021 — Daily Mail — Activist whose school was less than a mile from the Twin Towers reveals how classmates were poisoned by toxic air and several have been diagnosed with cancer since the attack
By the time Lila attended her twentieth Stuyvesant reunion, five of her classmates had been diagnosed with lymphoma, while a pupil one year younger than her had already passed away.
Sep. 8, 2021 — New York Post — 9/11 made me and my Stuyvesant classmates sick — and it took years for people to listen
School administrators told us the auditorium was safe despite the carpet and seat upholstery not having been replaced. In mid-2002, some parents sent a piece of that carpet to a lab, which found it was heavily contaminated with asbestos.
Sep. 8, 2021 — U.S. News & World Report — Immigrant Sept. 11 Cleanup Crews Seek Residency as a Reward
Hired informally by cleaning companies, they cleared debris, asbestos and dust inside lower Manhattan buildings for months without adequate protective gear. Some are struggling to cope with how the disaster transformed their lives.
Sep. 8, 2021 — ABC4 Utah — 20 years later: The long term effects Sept. 11 survivors, responders face
According to WTCHP, 22,000 members have at least one cancer. Over 1,500 members who passed away also had cancer.
Sep. 8, 2021 — NY Daily News — 9/11′s forgotten first responders
Many city EMS workers with 9/11-related illnesses are still buried under the rubble of bureaucracy, denied World Trade Center disability pensions by the New York City Employees Retirement System, NYCERS.
Sep. 8, 2021 — Rep. Mikie Sherrill — World Trade Center Health Program to Provide Recommendation on Whether to Add Uterine Cancer to List of Covered Conditions
In late July, Representative Mikie Sherrill led 20 other members of Congress in advocating for an expedited decision to add uterine cancer to the list of World Trade Center-related health conditions.
Sep. 8, 2021 — NY Daily News — 9/11 responders still fighting to secure health benefits 20 years after the attacks
First responders and others who survived the terror attacks are worried they could soon get shortchanged on their medical benefits due to a bureaucratic glitch in the program they rely on for care.
Sep. 7, 2021 — The Scientist — Q&A: Health of 9/11 First Responders 20 Years Later
The Scientist spoke with Rachel Zeig-Owens, the director of epidemiology for the World Trade Center Health Program, about what scientists have learned after two decades of studying illness and disease among survivors.
Sep. 7, 2021 — ABC News — Video: More people believed to have died from 9/11-related illnesses than in the attacks
First responder John Feal and the special master of the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund discuss the health challenges faced by survivors.
Sep. 7, 2021 — Newsweek — More People Died of 9/11-Related Illnesses Than in the Initial Attack: Report
Forty-eight percent have those who claimed compensation reported having cancer, and 20 percent of those with cancer were found to have an additional qualifying condition.
Sep. 7, 2021 — 12 News KPNX-TV — Arizona firefighters continue to battle illnesses related to 9/11
Dozens of Arizona firefighters who worked in the rubble at ground zero suffer from lung sicknesses.
Sep. 7, 2021 — Democracy Now! — Joe Zadroga: My 9/11 Responder Son Died from Exposure to Ground Zero as Officials Denied Connection
“My son Jimmy, who was an NYPD detective, he was actually sick as soon as he got home.”
Sep. 7, 2021 — FOX 4 Southwest Florida — How 9/11 affected first responders’, survivors’ long term health
New research shows that the rescue crews who were among the first to arrive on the scene during the terror attacks of 9/11 are 30% more likely to experience breathing issues than those who arrived later.
Sep. 7, 2021 — September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) — 20th Anniversary Special Report
We are proud to present the reflections of those who created the foundation upon which the VCF has successfully evolved, along with a timeline of important milestones.
While the money can’t end the suffering and the pain, the dollars put into the health program have greatly proven their value.
Sep. 6, 2021 — All Things Considered — A Study Says 9/11 First Responders Survive Cancers At Higher Rates. Why?
“They are finding some cancers earlier, perhaps due to more screening. And then these folks are getting incredible care.”
Sep. 6, 2021 — NY Daily News — 9/11 still claiming victims among Ground Zero responders
The noxious dust that clouded the air and filled the lungs of first responders is still wreaking havoc.
Sep. 6, 2021 — 9 News — New Yorkers were told Ground Zero air was safe. It wasn’t
Dust from Ground Zero had many known carcinogens – soot, benzene, cement, asbestos, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dioxins – which were released into the air of lower Manhattan with the collapse of the towers.
Sep. 6, 2021 — Wall Street Journal — Among 9/11 Survivors, Health Effects Linger
Twenty years on, acute respiratory illnesses associated with Sept. 11 have evolved into chronic conditions including cancer.
Sep. 5, 2021 — Newsday — NY delegation in Congress fought for 9/11 aid, and is still fighting
Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, members of New York’s congressional delegation gathered outside of the West Wing waiting for a meeting with then-President George W. Bush.
Sep. 5, 2021 — Albany Times-Union — 20 years later, 9/11 endures
This anniversary, and the end of a war 9/11 sparked, should be cause for reflection on what we truly want America to be.
Sep. 5, 2021 — Syracuse Post-Standard — Sept. 11 investigation: Syracuse federal agent recalls silent NYC, empty shoes, acts of kindness
Twenty years ago, Mary Kate Anton was like most Americans, watching in horror at an unimaginable tragedy.
Sep. 3, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Maloney, Nadler Lead Dems in Urging House Leadership to Include World Trade Center Health Program Funding in Reconciliation Legislation
“The clock is ticking, and we cannot afford to abandon our responders and survivors during their time of need.”
Sep. 3, 2021 — Federal Bureau of Investigation — The Toll of 9/11: 20 Years Later, First Responders Still Struggle with Health Effects
Twenty years after the attacks, the toll they’ve taken on the FBI is evident.
Sep. 2, 2021 — ABC 7 NY — 2/3 of FDNY firefighters, EMTs who worked at WTC site have long-term illness: Report
Nearly 16,000 FDNY members were exposed to dust, particulates, noxious gases, chemicals, and fibers while working for more than 10 months in the rescue and recovery effort.
Sep. 1, 2021 — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Rep. Maloney Calls on Governor Hochul to Designate World Trade Center Tower 5 Apartments 100% Affordable
“While I applaud the current plan to develop 5WTC as primarily a residential tower, there is a great community need for additional affordable housing.”
Aug. 31, 2021 — NY Daily News — 75% of FDNY who worked at Ground Zero acquired long-term illnesses: report
Of more than 15,200 firefighters, paramedics and other FDNY workers, more than 11,300 had an illness certified under the guidelines of the federally backed program.
Aug. 31, 2021 — Washington Post — The Mystery of 9/11 and Dementia
Many first responders are experiencing alarming cognitive decline. Is their time at Ground Zero to blame?
Aug. 30, 2021 — FOX 10 Phoenix — 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund: Where does it stand?
Two years have now passed since comedian Jon Stewart gave the House Judiciary Committee a dressing down for their “callous indifference” towards the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
Aug. 30, 2021 — New York Daily News — Toll of 9/11 illness deaths and disabilities to cost NYC $2 billion in pension funds
Analysis by the city’s Office of the Actuary estimates that the cost of 9/11-related retirements and deaths through June of this year has soared to $2.35 billion — and will keep growing by billions.
Aug. 25, 2021 — Federal News Network — Questions remain about victim compensation 20 years after 9/11
Congress set up two special funds that have paid out tens of billions of dollars to victims so far. But lawmakers are still considering changes to the eligibility criteria.
Aug. 25, 2021 — 9/11 Memorial and Museum — Marking the 20th Anniversary: Commemorative March Honors Recovery Workers
As the nation and the world prepare to honor the memories of those killed, we are also reminded of the courage and strength of those who helped us heal in the aftermath.
Aug. 23, 2021 — American Journal of Industrial Medicine — PTSD symptoms, depressive symptoms, and subjective cognitive concerns in WTC-exposed and non-WTC-exposed firefighters
The present study aims to compare these symptoms in the FDNY WTC-exposed cohort versus a comparison cohort of non-FDNY, non-WTC-exposed firefighters.
Aug. 23, 2021 — New York Post — 9/11’s heartbreaking cancer toll after 20 years: 24K cases, over 1,500 deaths
Ongoing studies show several cancers have hit those exposed to toxic chemicals around Ground Zero at higher rates than the general population.
Aug. 22, 2021 — Newsday — Need funds for 9/11 responders
Twenty years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, we’re still trying to make sure first responders and other survivors get the health care and compensation they need and deserve.
Aug. 22, 2021 — New York Daily News — NYC hospital doesn’t take federal payments to treat sick 9/11 first responders
New York-Presbyterian will not sign an agreement with the federal government to accept the fees paid by the feds on behalf of the World Trade Center Health Program.
Aug. 12, 2021 — The Chief-Leader — Congress Bids to Add Uterine Cancer Linked to 9/11 to Covered Conditions
A bipartisan congressional coalition, led by U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, is pressing for the World Trade Center Health Program to reverse its September 2019 decision to reject uterine cancer as a covered condition.
Aug. 10, 2021 — NewsChannel 34 WIVT/WBGH — Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Support 9/11 First Responders
This bipartisan bill addresses funding shortfalls in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to make absolutely certain that funding for the program is provided well into the future.
Aug. 9, 2021 — New York Daily News — Helping survivors survive: Congress owes more to those stricken by 9/11-related health problems
The people who rushed to help downtown on that terrible September Tuesday and in the days, weeks and months to follow didn’t do so as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans.
Aug. 6, 2021 — U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino, and Gillibrand Introduce the Bipartisan 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act
This legislation would address a funding shortfall in the WTCHP and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future.
Aug. 6, 2021 — New York Daily News — Ahead of Sept. 11 anniversary, Congress scrambles to fully fund World Trade Center Health Program
The needs of responders have proven to be even greater than anyone feared, and health care costs have also risen faster than predicted.