Tester pushes Congress to provide health care for survivors of 9/11 attacks
World Trade Center Health Program expires at end of September
(Great Falls, Mont.) – On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, Senator Jon Tester is calling on Congress to reauthorize health care support for first responders and survivors still affected by terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
Tester is sponsoring the bipartisan James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act that would reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to provide health care and support for victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. The World Trade Center Health Program is set to expire at the end of this month.
“America has changed in countless ways after the September 11th attacks, but no one’s lives changed more than the families of those we lost and the survivors who still wear the scars of that day,” Tester said. “Congress needs to pass the 9/11 bill to give critical care to those who put their lives on the line in the days and weeks after the attacks to help others.”
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act is named for a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease he developed after participating in rescue and recovery in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Over 3,800 9/11 survivors have developed cancer after being exposed to toxins immediately after the attacks.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act is available online HERE.