The New York Daily News reports that 9/11 First Responders could face a four month treatment gap because Congress never officially passed this year’s budget. A passed budget would have given the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program $150 million.
The Daily News reports that “lawmakers punted repeatedly, passing stop-gap “continuing resolutions” that “fund programs at last year’s levels”, and that “the last temporary funding measure passed before Christmas, and runs out March 4.”
Workers and others injured in the attacks do have other benefits coming under the $4.3 billion James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, but the new World Trade Center Benefits and the World Trade Center Compensation Fund does not become effective until this July.
According to the Daily News, the Zadroga Victim’s Compensation Fund’s sponsor, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, vowed to find a fix for the gap in funding for the approximate 60,000 people who are enrolled in various World Trade Center health and monitoring programs. Let’s hope they can pull off another miracle!