Congress Extends Health Benefits for 9/11 Responders

Congress Extends Health Benefits for 9/11 Responders

Visitors tie blue ribbons around the Last Column during a ceremony on May 30, 2015, marking the anniversary of the formal end to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero.

Rescue and recovery workers who became sick after working at ground zero in the weeks following Sept. 11, 2001, have renewed federal coverage on Friday for medical monitoring and care.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act passed both the House and Senate as part of a year-end spending bill that funds the federal government for 2016.

The original five-year version of the Zadroga legislation passed in 2010, but expired in September.

In addition to funding the World Trade Center Health Program until 2090, the bill fully funds and extends the Victim Compensation Fund by five years. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation. Click here for more information on 9/11 health resources. 

By Kaylee Skaar, Communications Manager