September 11 Responders Still Waiting For Relief Promised In 2010

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Paul Martin

Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been 11 years since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center towers, and more than a year-and-a-half since President Barack Obama signed into law a bill meant to compensate responders and survivors sickened from exposure to the hazardous debris and toxins of Ground Zero.

But they’re going to have to wait a while longer — perhaps more than a year — before most of them start to see any of the money authorized in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

“It’s going to be a process, and I think it’s going to take a year or two until that process really gets moving,” said Sheila Birnbaum, the special master of the $2.775 billion 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. “People have to get medical records, they have to do all kinds of things, and they’re going to have to get certified that they meet the criteria.”

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