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  • What is the Zadroga Act and What Does it Cover?

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    What is the Zadroga Act and What Does it Cover?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    The Zadroga Act is the shorthand many people use to refer to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This bill, signed into law in 2010, established the two federal health programs that serve the 9/11 community. The programs were initially only funded for five years, but the health program was permanently extended in […]

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  • How Do 9/11 VCF Claim Amendments and Appeals Differ?

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    How Do 9/11 VCF Claim Amendments and Appeals Differ?

    By Michael Barasch

    Receiving an adverse decision from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund can be extremely frustrating. Despite the setback, it’s important to remember that you have options if you believe you are entitled to payment. The VCF guidelines allow individuals to amend or appeal their claims, but determining which process best suits your situation might be confusing. […]

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  • WTC Responders at Increased Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

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    WTC Responders at Increased Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

    By Michael Barasch

    As the serious medical problems associated with 9/11 exposure mount, a new cancer risk has been identified. During a four-year period, diagnoses of head and neck cancers increased by 40 percent among World Trade Center first responders. Carcinogenic particles that were inhaled by police officers, fire fighters, military personnel and others at or near Ground […]

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    Justice Department Compensation Fund to Be Split Between 9/11 Responders and Iran Embassy Hostages

    By Michael Barasch

    The omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December 2015 and President Obama signed included a provision years in the making: $4.4 million in compensation for each American hostage held captive in Iran 35 years ago. The 52 Americans were stationed at the American Embassy in Tehran when Iranian students stormed the building in 1979. The […]

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    Death of 9/11 Hero Should Stir Zadroga Act Support

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • Deadline Alert

    The deadline to register all VCF claims has been extended to July 2021 no matter when someone became sick or passed away. You must act quickly to register during this one-time window.

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    NYC Mayor de Blasio Criticized for Traveling While Zadroga Act Expires

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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