What a powerful day today is. September 11th. Just as Franklin D. Roosevelt said in reference to Pearl Harbor, September 11th is also a day that will live in infamy.
As of Monday, federal health authorities have added 58 (yes FIFTY EIGHT) types of cancer to the list of covered illnesses for people who were exposed to toxins/carcinogens at Ground Zero.
This is a HUGE addition and Silver Lining to The Zadroga Act, passed by Congress in December 2010. The Act was designed to provide medical services and compensation for responders who were exposed to toxins while working at ground zero.
The addition finalizes a recommendation from Dr. John Howard, administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program. “The publication of this final rule marks an important step in the effort to provide needed treatment and care to 9/11 responders and survivors through the WTC Health Program,” Howard said in a statement Monday. The rule is expected to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register, and will take effect 30 days after its publication, Howard said.
I am hoping that we all remember those who died and those who work very hard everyday to survive without their loved ones.