After months of waiting and hopeful anticipation, we at the DuBose Law Firm, PLLC, a Dallas, TX based law firm, are pleased to finally be able to announce the successful passage of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
“Today, the work of fire fighters from across this great nation, countless International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) locals and state affiliates and IAFF staff has resulted in victory,” says General President Schaitberger. “Today, Congress recognizes the sacrifices and commitment of the tens of thousands of fire fighters and other patriots who responded after 9/11 by ensuring they will always receive the health care they need and deserve.”
Partial provisions include:
• Extension of the 9/11 Health program through 2090, effectively making the program permanent
• Extension of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) for an additional five years and an additional $4.6 billion to pay claims
This bill furnishes health care, both physical and mental, to first responders and others, including children, who were caught in the 9/11 cloud of toxic dust, leaving them with an assortment of injuries, cancers and other deadly diseases. Many of these men and women came from far away to help the people of New York. There are currently 33,000 9/11 responders and survivors throughout all 50 states who will now be able to go forward with their health care.
The current bill expired on September 30th this year after being established in 2010. This bill fought for attention with other bills facing Congress and was finally passed today as Congress adjourned for 2015.
This is a great day knowing our first responders and others affected by 9/11 have one less worry and are assured of the continued gratefulness of the United States.