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WTC Health Program Success Story: Kidney Cancer Treatment

The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 created the World Trade Center Health Program, charged with monitoring and treating 9/11 responders who develop illnesses related to toxic exposure during rescue and recovery work. As attorneys who represent 9/11 responders, we urge anyone who was exposed to toxins at Ground Zero to […]

Death of 9/11 Hero Should Stir Zadroga Act Support

The death on September 10 of a Yonkers policeman from 9/11-related cancer did not arouse sufficient support for Congress to renew the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, before it expired on September 30. But Lt. Roy McLaughlin’s life and untimely death should stand as a reminder of the urgent need to extend […]

Press Conference at Ground Zero to Support Congressional Reps

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Mike Barasch attended a press conference at Ground Zero to support Congressional Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Frank Pallone, Nydia Velázquez, and Steve Israel, all who all criticized recent Republican proposals that would provide an underfunded and temporary extension of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  The new Republican […]

NYPD Lt. Marci Simms Dies From 9/11-related Illness

Marci Simms’ tragic death is, sadly, just one of hundreds of tragic deaths since 9/11. Hopefully, Congress will wake up and do the right thing for these sick 9/11 first responders, whose only mistake was believing the EPA’s pronouncement that “the air is safe.” Marci Simms, 51, died Thursday at her Long Island home, 16 […]

NYC Mayor de Blasio Criticized for Traveling While Zadroga Act Expires

CBS New York recently reported the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under fire for traveling extensively instead of attending to duties here at home. During his 21 months in office, the mayor has held one town hall meeting, but has flown to Nebraska, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Italy, Paris and the Vatican. New York […]

New York Politicians React to Zadroga Act Expiration

The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired at midnight on September 30, 2015, when lawmakers failed to pass an extension, and the portion of the law that compensates families of victims is set to expire next year. However, there is still enough money remaining in The World Trade Center Health Fund for […]

Senator John McCain Agrees to Zadroga Extension

We are thrilled to report that this morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) agreed to co-sponsor the Senate’s version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act extension. The pending bill is sponsored in the House by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It is sponsored in the […]

Mike Barasch joined John Feal, 20 first responders and Tom Porter in Congress

Last week, Mike Barasch joined John Feal, 20 first responders and Tom Porter in Congress. Tom is the legislative director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  They met with dozens of republican representatives, trying to convince them and their staff of the importance of extending the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” […]

Cancer rates in the NYPD have risen about 50 percent since Sept. 11, 2001

According to a long-term study published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, NYPD Chief Surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman, along with scientists at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, found a roughly 50-percent increase in all cancers after Sept. 11, with especially alarming rates of four specific types: Brain […]

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis a New Health Worry for 9/11 Responders?

More than a decade after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the list of 9/11-related diseases continues to grow. Early on, authorities conceded that the toxic atmosphere at Ground Zero had likely caused a number of respiratory conditions, (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic rhinosinusitis) as well as gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). […]


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