One the eve of the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the federal government has issued a final rule including nearly 50 cancers as covered conditions under the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The rule will become law 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register on 9/12/2012.
It could not come too soon for the many 9/11 first responders, construction workers and area residents who are living with cancer today as a result of the toxic exposures at Ground Zero. Unfortunately, it is too late for those who have already died from to 9/11 related cancers.
Turley Hansen 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund client Joseph Vuoso was profiled in Newsday today in relation to the welcome news of the final cancer coverage ruling. In addition, our Zadroga Act client James Bruisma, a former NYPD Detective with lymphoma, was interviewed on FIOS 1 today.
Today’s Zadroga Act cancer victory was the result of the hard work of many within the 9/11 community, including Congressional leaders, the Fealgood Foundation and dedicated 9/11 Zadroga Act attorneys who testified and lobbied for cancer inclusion. Our next goal must be to make sure all those who are in dire need of medical care and compensation receive their benefits swiftly.