The World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors, now provides treatment to over 70,000 people. Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, 3,600 people started receiving healthcare from the WTC Health Program, and 8,000 people were found eligible to receive often life-saving medical treatment. While nearly fourteen years have passed since September 11, 2001, tens of thousands of people continue to suffer from 9/11-caused cancer and other diseases and require medical assistance.
What is the WTC Health Program?
The WTC Health Program provides health benefits directly to first responders and recovery workers who assisted at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Additionally, the WTC Health Program provides health evaluations and treatment to people who were present in the 9/11 disaster area in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn on or in the months after 9/11.
Along with the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, the WTC Health Program was authorized by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act). The WTC Health Program will expire in October 2015, and the VCF in October 2016, unless reauthorized by Congress. Unless the programs are extended, tens of thousands of emergency responders and victims will no longer receive health care and compensation.
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