Advocates Call for Extension of Health Programs Under Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Rescue workers and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are urging federal lawmakers to extend programs that offer compensation and health care services to individuals exposed to toxic chemicals as a result of the attacks. In 2010, Congress passed an act to give $2.8 billion to the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which provides compensation to individuals who suffered health problems as a result of the attacks. Patient advocates contend that the programs as currently funded will not be able to provide compensation for every worker whose health was affected because of the attacks. Further, they argue the programs are vital for individuals facing complicated and often incurable conditions.
- "9/11 Recovery Workers: Congress Must Renew Health Programs" (Caruso, AP/San Diego Union Tribune, 9/3).