Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011. The law provides long term funding for medical monitoring and treatment programs for people affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, including first responders involved with clean up at Ground Zero and the crash sites at the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.

The law was named after James Zadroga, a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease after participating in the rescue and recovery efforts at the WTC site after the 9/11 attacks. His death was among the first to be attributed to exposure to WTC dust.

Passage of the Zadroga Act by Congress was a major legislative victory in the 111th Congress for the IAFF, the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Local 854. The IAFF worked with leaders from both New York City locals to pass the Zadroga Act. The effort of our New York locals was nothing less than astonishing. They did everything they could to pass this important piece of legislation.

The Zadroga Act allocates federal funds to provide long term health care and financial assistance for those affected by the September 11th attacks by:
  • Reopening the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to provide financial assistance to sick or injured WTC workers and families of deceased workers
  • Establishing the WTC Health Program to provide free medical monitoring and health care for people affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks
  • Establishing a list of health conditions to be covered by the WTC Health Program based on existing knowledge of exposures and health effects
  • Creating a protocol that allows this list to be updated based on emerging scientific evidence