By Michael Barasch | Published December 18, 2015 | |
Finally! Earlier today, Congress officially voted to extend the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. It wasn’t until 11 p.m. on Tuesday that New York lawmakers and advocates knew for sure that the $1.1 trillion must-pass omnibus spending bill for 2016 actually included a $8.1-billion extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. But, Congress Read MoreRead More
As of midnight, September 30, 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired. The expiration means that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program will not be funded beyond October 2016. Does Congress truly intend to abandon thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors who served our country valiantly in Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
First responders suffering with cancers, respiratory problems, and other illnesses say people will die if 9/11 health and compensation programs expire: Joe Zadroga, father of NYPD Detective James Zadroga Without Congressional action, the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund will expire next year, leaving over 70,000 9/11 responders and survivors in Read MoreRead More
Health and compensation for injured and ill 9/11 survivors and responders set to expire without Congressional action WASHINGTON –Support for a permanent extension of the programs established to aid ailing 9/11 responders and survivors reached a critical milestone today with 102 Members of the House of Representatives, including 24 Republicans, now backing the effort. The Read MoreRead More
Barasch & McGarry applauds Jon Stewart and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) for highlighting the need to reauthorize and make permanent the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors. Mike Barasch attended the Daily Show taping with FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles, Attorney Noah Kushlefsky, 9/11 Advocate John Feal, and several other 9/11 Read MoreRead More
“A lot of these members are young members, people with lymphoma at 30 or 40, even prostate cancers at 30 and 40; it’s a young population we’re taking care of.” Meg McCormick, Nurse Case Manager/RN World Trade Center Health Program. Today, on the eve of the first legislative hearing on the reauthorization, advocates for 9/11 Read MoreRead More
In the months and years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a number of programs were created to address incurred and ongoing losses of those impacted. These programs specifically aim to allow individuals to recoup medical expenses paid for treatment related to exposure at Ground Zero. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Read MoreRead More
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There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.
For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.
Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.
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