On December 18, 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act passed to extend medical treatment and financial compensation to thousands of responders and survivors who are sick from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, as well as those sick from exposures at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania sites until 2090.
The 2015 reauthorization of this act allows the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), to continue providing compensation to affected individuals and surviving families for another five years. The reauthorization also provided an additional 4.6 billion dollars to ensure that those affected will receive the full compensation for economic losses and harm.
Below are a few more important details that you should know about this act.
- Active and retired first responders have access to free health care for World Trade Center-certified illnesses.
- Medical care for affected individuals has been extended until 2090.
- All affected individuals should take advantage of all free World Trade Center medical evaluations and screenings.
- Applicants who received an award determination letter before the day of enactment will receive the full amount of their award.
- The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had been extended for an additional 5 years.
- $7.3 billion available to all claimants diagnosed with certified World Trade Center illnesses.
- Claimants can earn rewards in the amounts of $125,000 through $250,000 for certified cancers and economic loss if found to be disabled due to a World Trade Center illness.
- Victim Compensation Fund claimants can amend their claims regardless of duty status or changes to their diagnosed World Trade Center-certified illnesses.
- Registration for new cancer claims must be done within 2 years of the certification date set by the World Trade Center Health Program.
- All rewards are tax-free.