James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) provides 9/11 first responders and survivors with long-term, comprehensive health care and fair economic compensation. Thousands of those who responded to the tragedy at Ground Zero—firefighters, police officers, and other rescue workers—were exposed to dangerous toxins, leaving them with chronic, deadly diseases. The Act ensures that these heroes receive the medical care that they deserve.
Named for James Zadroga, a police officer who died at 34 from respiratory diseases contracted at Ground Zero, the bill provides medical monitoring and treatment to the over 71,000 people exposed to harmful toxins and dust on the scene. The bill also reopens the September 11, 2011 Victim Compensation Fund to provide monetary compensation for those physically injured by the attacks or by response activities and debris removal. It is fully paid-for over the next 10 years by preventing foreign multinational firms from avoiding United States taxes by routing income through other haven countries.
The bill is supported by a long list of groups, including the International Association of Firefighters, National Association of Police Organizations, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, and American Council of Engineering Companies.