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9/11 Health Resources

In the aftermath of the attacks, thousands of rescue, recovery, and relief workers were exposed to hazards and toxins at the World Trade Center site. Below are links to resources, services, and scientific research about the ongoing health effects.

In 2010, Congress initially passed legislation to provide health care and financial compensation for first responders, recovery workers, and survivors facing mounting medical expenses for treatment of illnesses caused by exposure to World Trade Center toxins.

In December 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act passed Congress, appropriating $4.6 billion to extend the victims' compensation fund for five additional years, and $3.5 billion to fund the World Trade Center Health Program through 2020.

After an intense lobbying effort by 9/11-health advocates and their supporters calling for a permanent reauthorization of the compensation fund, the United States Senate voted 97–2 to pass a permanent authorization of the fund in July 2019, one month after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure, also by an overwhelming margin.

On July 26, 2019, President Trump signed the legislation into law, extending the compensation fund through 2092.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's World Trade Center Health Program, there are currently more than 90,000 people living in all 50 states enrolled in the program. Tens of thousands are sick and, according to officials, nearly 2,000 people have already died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.

Below are links to resources, services, and scientific research about the ongoing health impacts related to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

9/11 Memorial Glade

The Glade honors those who are sick or have died from exposure to toxins in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Give to the Collection

The Museum is actively acquiring materials for its collection that help illuminate personal experiences during and after September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.

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