U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), the authors of H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, today issued the following joint statement on the release by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum of final regulations governing applications for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF):
"The release of the final VCF rules is an important, concrete step toward providing economic relief for those who were injured by ground zero toxins. We are pleased that the VCF will open its doors on October 3rd and that Ms. Birnbaum has expanded eligibility for the VCF to those who live below Canal Street, an area that was significantly impacted by the attacks. Ms. Birnbaum has done great work both in seeking input from 9/11 responders and survivors and in putting into practice an important part of the Zadroga law so that it can begin helping people. We will continue working with Ms. Birnbaum to create the most compassionate and efficient program possible for those injured by the toxins at ground zero."
The Zadroga law provides health care for those injured or exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, and reopens the VCF to provide economic relief to those harmed by the attacks (the original VCF was created in the weeks following 9/11 and closed in December 2003).
In January, Maloney, Nadler, and King released documents from the Congressional Research Service to help answer questions that members of the media and the public may have about the new law. Below are links to the four documents: