The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was set up to fund medical programs for first responders (as well as survivors, nearby workers and residents) after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has expired. That expiration could potentially impact some 400,000 who are receiving help through the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. According to an article in a November publication from the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America, if Congress fails to renew the Zadroga Act, the World Trade Center Health Program will close in September 2016. In the absence of new legislation, patients will be notified in late spring or early summer that funding is ending. Meanwhile, the Victim Compensation Fund, which continues to accept applications and for which Congress appropriated $2.775 billion, already does not have enough funding to meet all of the claims.
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