By Troy Rosasco on December 16, 2015
POSTED IN 9/11 CANCERS, FDNY, FIRST RESPONDERS, THE VICTIMS' COMPENSATION FUND, UNCATEGORIZED, VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND CLAIM PROCEDURES, WHO IS CONSIDERED AN ELIGIBLE "SURVIVOR" UNDER THE ZADROGA 9/11 ACT?, WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM, ZADROGA 9/11 ACT REAUTHORIZATION, ZADROGA ACT EXTENSION, ZADROGA EXTENSION BILL
Congress Must Pass 9_11 Zadroga Act Extension to Protect Cancer Victims
Late last night, our attorneys had a chance to review in detail the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act bill released by the House of Representatives. Here is what you need to know and what you may not have read in the newspapers:
The Act directs the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master to authorize payment of previously reduced payments of final awards made prior to the enactment of the new law “as soon as practicable”. For example, this means that a claimant who was awarded $100,000 last year for his 9/11 injuries, but only received $10,000 initially, will receive the $90,000 balance of the award from the government as soon as reasonably possible. This should make many of our clients, who have patiently been waiting for their full award, very happy!
The Act extends medical care through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to 2090 which will essentially cover any 9/11 responders or lower Manhattan residents who develop a 9/11 cancer during their lifetime, including asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer;
Extends the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for five more years and adds an additional $4.6 billion to pay claims;