By Michael Barasch | Published October 15, 2015 | | |
The Staten Island Advance has published a scathing editorial criticizing hypocritical politicians for failing to support the extension of the Zadroga Act. With so many first responders and local residents diagnosed with life-threatening cancers that have been linked to the toxic World Trade Center dust, it is a disgrace that Congress hasn’t done the right Read MoreRead More
William Sheldon Jr., a hero at Ground Zero on the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, died of cancer recently, becoming the first member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to die from cancer related to the attack. He was only 47 years old. Sheldon was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Read MoreRead More
A group of September 11 first responders and other concerned citizens recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. to try to convince lawmakers to continue funding the James Zadroga Act. The Zadroga Act covers medical expenses for anyone who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. If Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is reviewing a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the American College of Rheumatology’s Journal, Arthritis & Rheumatology, and currently available online, regarding the risk of new-onset autoimmune disease in individuals with exposures related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Read MoreRead More
The psychological aftermath of being involved in an event such as 9/11 can be just as painful, debilitating and real as any physical injury. Even more than a decade later, many first responders still struggle with flashbacks, anxiety, depression and other serious psychiatric symptoms. For some, these issues can reach disabling severity. For others, they Read MoreRead More
The Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) plays an important role in driving research and recommendations for the WTC Health Program (WTCHP). The group recently prioritized research aims for this year. Established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the advisory committee is made up of those with a helpful and Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides assessment, monitoring and treatment services to eligible emergency responders and others who were injured and exposed to toxic chemicals during and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Last December, the WTCHP released updated statistics about the services it provides to members enrolled in the program. The Read MoreRead More
Where can you go for healthcare and monitoring if you are a WTC survivor and do not live in New York? More than 65,000 members were enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) as of December, 2013. Although most members reside in the New York City area, 6,479 members live elsewhere. The Nationwide 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.
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