9/11 Health Care

9/11 health care was won through the efforts of a coalition of 9/11 responders, community members and others.

To the editor:
9/11 health care was won through the efforts of a vast coalition of 9/11 responders, community members and other stakeholders who worked alongside Congressman Jerry Nadler and a host of other elected officials to get the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act passed by the congress in 2010. Thanks to their persistence, the Zadroga Act was extended in 2015 and the WTC Health Program will be providing care to those whose health was harmed by the WTC disaster for the next 75 years.
Contrary to the title of the BroadsheetDAILY article (9/11 Advocacy That Makes All the Difference April 24)on the Turley, Hanson law firm, there is no need to “win” 9/11 health care.
Also, no legal firm can actually “get more […] health care” for anyone. There is no out of pocket expense for eligible residents and workers to receive the care provided by World Trade Center Health Program. There is no cost or need for a lawyer to apply to the WTC Health Program. You can apply on the WTCHP website, https://www.cdc.gov/wtc.
Survivors can also file VCF claims on their own, though we know many who have found it very helpful to work with attorneys.
If you need assistance with the health program application, please contact us at 212 330 7658 or  info@911ea.org  We will help you for free. Visit our website at www.911ea.org.
Mary Perillo
Communications Director
9/11 Environmental Action 
9/11 Environmental Action (501c3) conducts outreach for the federally-funded World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).  The WTCHP provides physical and mental health care at no-out-of-pocket cost to those who worked, lived or went to school near the World Trade Center site and suffered health problems as a result of the September 11th attacks.

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