Feb 172019
 

Fund only has $2.4bn to pay 19,000 claims, plus thousands more expected to file before it closes at the end of 2020.

Sick first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will see payments slashed dramatically as the fund to compensate them runs out of money, officials said Friday. The fund was created to aid people sickened by exposure to toxins at the sites of deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, and the families of those who have died.

Read the article from The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/15/911-victims-fund-payments-cut-runs-out-of-money

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Feb 232018
 

Hidden in the fine print of President Trump’s latest budget proposal is a detail that could directly impact 9/11 first responders: The reorganization of the federal agency that oversees their health treatment and monitoring.

Currently, the World Trade Center Health Program is housed within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. That agency, in turn, is under the umbrella of the Centers for Disease Control.

Under the 2019 fiscal year budget for NIOSH put forth by the White House, that agency will be carved out of the CDC and placed within the National Institute of Health.

The WTC Health Program will remain behind — within the CDC.

Although it would appear on paper to be a simple rearrangement, lawmakers and 9/11 advocates say the impact would be dreadful for the more than 83,000 responders and survivors who rely on the WTC Health Program to receive treatments, medications and monitoring for injuries and illnesses caused by toxins at Ground Zero and other 9/11 sites.

Read whole article from NY Post:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/9-11-responders-health-treatment-threatened-trump-budget-plan-article-1.3827160 Continue reading »

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