Government Acknowledges Link Between Cancer and Ground Zero
How Victims Will be Compensated for Cancer
- The Federal Government established a $2.8 billion fund under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ruled that there is a link, victims can apply for the fund.
- Applicants must go through a certification process to make sure their condition is connected to Ground Zero, but the ruling does mark a progress towards getting first responders help.
- According to the New York State Department of Health, by 2010 nearly 350 first responders had died from cancer.
- More than a dozen different types of cancer are covered under the compensation, including skin, breast, colon and stomach cancer.
About the 9/11 Compensation Act
- Congress set up the fund to give out a fixed amount of $2.775 billion, with $875 million that can be distributed in the first five years.
- The new ruling might stretch the budget, because the fund is not increasing despite the new information.
- Shelia Birnbaum, of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, released a statement saying that victims with the cancers found in the new ruling can apply for compensation but must prove a “physical presence at one of the crash sites between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.”
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