NEW YORK – New York legislators are aiming to close a $3 billion dollar gap for the 9/11 First Responders’ Health Fund.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says they need to keep pace with rising demand from new program participants,
He says many New Yorkers are getting diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer or other health complications in the aftermath of the attack.
“The best way we can never forget folks is to get this done, to make sure the people who were hurt, the people who were taken care of are given their due, are given their healthcare and given their hope and god forbid a loved one is lost, their families get help as well,” said Schumer.
Schumer believes there is a strong chance they will succeed in securing the funding.
The World Trade Center Health Program provides no-cost medical monitoring and treatment for people with certified health conditions related to the 9/11 attacks.
The program is authorized through 2090.