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  • Health Official Urges City to Contact Students in 9/11 Danger Zone

    Zadroga Act9/11 InjuriesWTC Health Program

    Health Official Urges City to Contact Students in 9/11 Danger Zone

    By Michael Barasch

    Twenty-nine schools were in the contamination zone of the 9/11 attack, according to the World Trade Center Health Program. However, students and teachers in these facilities are held to different standards for enrollment in the medical monitoring through the WTC Health Program as compared to first responders. As designated “survivors” under the James Zadroga Act, […]

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  • WTC Health Program9/11 InjuriesZadroga Act

    Downtown Teachers and Students Urge Community to Enroll in WTC Health Program

    By Michael Barasch

    This week on Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at a major press conference at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, which stands in the shadow of the former World Trade Center. Our goal was to let the public know that former students, teachers, local residents, and office workers are developing 9/11-related illnesses at the same alarming rates as the first responders.
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  • Zadroga ActVictim Compensation Fund

    Michael Barasch on WNYC Morning Edition (Nov. 30, 2017): Only 10 Percent of Those Eligible Have Registered for 9/11 Benefits

    By Michael Barasch

    The following is the transcript from Michael Barasch’s appearance on the WNYC Morning Edition on November 30, 2017 discussing the reason why only 10% of those eligible to receive money & benefits from the Zadroga Health & Compensation Act have signed up.
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  • 9/11 InjuriesWTC Health ProgramVictim Compensation Fund

    Cancers of Former Students and Teachers Linked to 9/11 Toxic Dust

    By Michael Barasch

    At least 12 former students who attended schools south of Canal Street on 9/11, or during the eight months that followed, have filed claims with the federal government for World Trade Center-related cancers. Dozens of others have been diagnosed with well-recognized 9/11 respiratory illnesses. Scores of teachers have fallen ill, and, tragically, many have died from their WTC illnesses.
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