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Feds to cover 9/11 cancers under Zadroga Act

The federal rule change will allow sick rescue and recovery workers to receive compensation for their cancer treatment as well as pain and suffering for the first time in the 11 years since the attacks. Signed into law in January by President Obama, the Zadroga Act recognized the need to provide healthcare and compensation for first responders who responded to the 9/11 tragedy and worked down there for months, progressively getting so sick that they had to leave their jobs and as a result, were in dire financial straights, says attorney Troy Rosasco of Turley, Redmond, Rosasco and Rosasco, LLP in New York. Congress set up a special fund of .5 billion, with .5 billion towards medical care and .8 billion towards compensating those who lost earnings and for pain and suffering. Up until now, the prior law covered a myriad of respiratory and digestive disorders and within the law, there was a provision that said they d continue to study other health programs and see if cancer could be added, says Rosasco. Following a group of New York firefighters, the research showed they had a 19% higher rate of cancer and as a result of this study, they decided to add almost 50 different cancers to the eligibility list of the covered conditions, Rosasco says. He notes that it is very hard to tell at this early point how many people this will affect, as people are just now calling as a result of this announcement. The focus of the victim s compensation fund is to look at which specific
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