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Help Barasch & McGarry Protect the World Trade Center Health Program

April 25, 2023 | Michael Barasch

In 2010, 2015 and in 2019, Barasch & McGarry asked members of the 9/11 community to reach out to their representatives in Congress to convince them to pass and extend the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. 

Thanks to your efforts, 99% of the members in Congress eventually voted in favor of the permanent extension of both the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

Unfortunately, we need your help again.

The health program, which has saved thousands of lives and rescued many 9/11 families from medical bankruptcy, now confronts an estimated $2.7 billion deficit by 2032, mainly as a result of medical inflation. 

Unless Congress authorizes additional funding, new applicants may be denied enrollment in the health program, services for current participants could be reduced, and some 9/11 responders to the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, will never be able to join the health program.

I am asking you to please contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to join in co-sponsoring the bipartisan “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding and Correction Act” (H.R.1294/S.569), ensuring that the health program gets the full funding it needs through 2090.

Click here to connect with your representatives in Congress.

Our friends at Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act have created a tool that will tell you who your representatives are and whether they have already agreed to co-sponsor the bill. After you enter your information, you will receive a call connecting you to your members of Congress, free of charge.

Barasch & McGarry has worked closely with a bipartisan group in Congress to protect the WTC Health Program, and will continue the fight to secure health care access for the 117,000 individuals currently enrolled, as well as future 9/11 victims and their families.

The health program offers enormous benefits, with members experiencing cancer mortality rates that are 34 percent lower than demographically-similar New York State residents with cancer, according to the FDNY WTC Health Program Clinical Center – with even better results for prostate cancer and colon cancer.

Politicians promised us that they would “never forget 9/11”. We need more than their words. We need them to act! Thank you for joining in this effort and calling your representatives today. 

With deep respect,

Michael Barasch

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