58 Forms of Cancer Now Covered by 9/11 Funding
The World Trade Center Health Program will now extend coverage to 9/11 first responders affected by 58 types of cancer due to exposure at the site of the 2001 attacks, according to several news outlets. Exactly 11 years after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the WTC Health Program, headed by Dr. John Howard, has added cancer to the list of covered illnesses at the recommendation of its’ Science/Technology Advisory Committee, CNN is reporting.
What this Means for 9/11 Cancer Victims
- Toxins present at Ground Zero have been found to cause illnesses to survivors, first responders and anyone in close proximity to the WTC attack. Those individuals who developed certain cancers after 9/11 will be eligible for coverage.
- According to CNN, adding these 58 types of cancer to the list of qualifying illnesses will extend coverage to 950 to 2,150 people, costing between $14 and $33 million.
- While lives have already been claimed due to 9/11-related cancers, some forms may not appear for many years or decades.
- Those who meet qualifications set by the WTC Health Program will be eligible for coverage.
- More information can be found at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/.
WTC Health Program and the Zadroga Act
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, designed to provide medical benefits and compensation to 9/11 first responders, was passed by Congress in 2010 and signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. The $4.2 billion act, named after a New York Police Department officer who died of a respiratory disease attributed to 9/11 toxins, created the WTC Health Program.
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