James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

The IAVA Team celebrated a huge victory on December 18, 2015 with the Congressional passage of the FY 2016 Omnibus spending bill, which includes key provisions of the Zadroga Act that permanently extended the health care program for 9/11 First Responders. Congress let it expire in September 2015 and IAVA made convincing Congress to correct their shortfall a top priority for passage by the end of the year.

The House voted 316 – 113 and shortly after the Senate followed suit with a vote of 65 – 33, sending the bill to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it.

On November 17, 2015, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced their support for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. This legislation would permanently extend the World Trade Center Health Program and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The programs were created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which passed in December 2010, and was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.

The World Trade Center Health Program authorization expired at the end of September, and funding will run out by September 30, 2016. In the meantime, the program is in the process of shutting down, creating anxiety for those in treatment and problems for program administration, medical staff retention and continuity of care.

  • There are 72,297 Responders and Survivors who are living in every State and from 433 of 435 Congressional Districts.
  • There are over 33,000 Responders and Survivors that have at least one 9/11 condition and over two thirds have more than one condition and a large number of those suffer from multiple injuries and illnesses.
  • More than 4,166 Responders and Survivors have been certified to have a 9/11 related cancer, of which over 1,100 are New York City Fire Fighters and EMS personnel.
  • Over 94 New York Police Department officers and over 110 Firefighters have reportedly died of their 9/11 injuries and illnesses, with more are expected in the coming years.

The Victim Compensation Fund, also authorized for five years by the 2010 Zadroga Act, will shut down by October 3, 2016 and will not be able to fully compensate 9/11 responders and survivors unless Congress extends the program and fully funds it.

  • To date, the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund has received 20,622 eligibility claims. Of those claims submitted it has found 12,150 eligible, has denied eligibility on 1,668 claims.
  • The VCF has made 6,285 compensation determinations for injured and ill responders and survivors or their families totaling over $1.44 Billion

The House version of the Zadroga Act (H.R. 1786) was introduced on April 14, 2015, by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY).

The Senate version of the Zadroga Act (S. 928) was introduced was introduced on April 14, 2015, by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act will:

  • Amend the Public Health Service Act to extend the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Fund indefinitely and index appropriations to the medical care component of the consumer price index for urban customers
  • Makes funding available for a quality assurance program for services delivered by health care providers; the WTC Program annual report; WTC Health Program Steering Committees; and contracts with Clinical Centers of Excellence.
  • Amends the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act to make individuals (or relatives of deceased individuals) who were injured or killed in the rescue and recovery efforts after the aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, eligible for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
  • Allows individuals to file claims for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 anytime after regulations are updated based on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
  • Removes the cap on payments under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
  • Adds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program Fund to the list of accounts that are not subject to budget sequestration.


James Zadroga was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who died of a respiratory disease that has been attributed to his participation in rescue and recovery operations in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks. Zadroga was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to exposure to his contact with toxic chemicals at the attack site.

Zadroga had joined the New York City Police Department in 1992 and attained the rank of Detective. He was a healthy non-smoker and had no known history of asthma or other respiratory conditions before spending 450 hours participating in the recovery efforts at the 9/11 attack site. Weeks after his time at the World Trade Center site, Zadroga developed a persistent cough, and, as the months progressed, he developed shortness of breath and became unable to walk distances more than 100 feet without gasping for air.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund awarded Zadroga a monetary settlement in excess of $1M in 2004, after determining that his exposure to dust at Ground Zero had caused his respiratory illness. The New York City Police Department Medical Board approved his application for permanent disability retirement that same year, after concluding that his illness was related to dust exposure.

House Co-Sponsors:Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2]Rep. Clawson, Curt [R-FL-19]

Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3]

Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]

Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]

Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]

Rep. Lucas, Frank [R-OK-3]

Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]

Rep. Reichert, David [R-WA-8]

Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]

Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]

Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]

Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]

Rep. Noem, Kristi [R-SD-At Large]

Rep. Ellmers, Renee [R-NC-2]

Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]

Rep.  Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8]

Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45]

Rep. Becerra, Xavier [D-CA-34]

Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6]

Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]

Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]

Rep. Brooks, Susan [R-IN-5]

Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25]

Rep. Hunter, Duncan [R-CA-50]

Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large]

Rep. Pierluisi, Pedro R. [D-PR-At Large]

Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]

Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]

Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21]

Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15]

Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]

Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9]

Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]

Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]

Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]

Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]

Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]

Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]

Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]

Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]

Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]

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Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]

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Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]

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Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2]

Rep. McSally, Martha [R-AZ-2]

Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]

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Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

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Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

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Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]

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Rep. Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]

Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]

Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]

Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]

Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]

Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]

Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]

Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]

Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]

Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]

Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]

Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]

Rep. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]

Rep. Guinta, Frank C. [R-NH-1]

Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]

Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]

Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18]

Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]

Rep. Takai, Mark [D-HI-1]

Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]

Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]

Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]

Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]

Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]

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Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]

Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]

Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]

Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]

Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]

Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15]

Rep. Jolly, David W. [R-FL-13]

Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]

Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]

Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]

Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]    

Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3]    

Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11]    

Rep. Garrett, Scott [R-NJ-5]    

Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]    

Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]    

Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL-9]    

Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]    

Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]    

Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]    

Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]    

Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]    

Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-22]    

Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-24]*  

Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]*  

Rep. Murphy, Patrick [D-FL-18]*  

Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]*  

Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]*  

Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]*  

Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]*  

Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]*  

Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]*  

Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]*  

Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]*  

Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]*  

Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3]*  

Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1]*  

Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]*  

Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]*  

Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]*  

Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]*  

Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3]*  

Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]*  

Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]*  

Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]*  

Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]*  

Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]*  

Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]*  

Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]*  

Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]*  

Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]*  

Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]*  

Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]*  

Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]*  

Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]*  

Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]*  

Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]*  

Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]*

Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]*

Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]*

Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]*

Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]*

Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]*

Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]*

Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]*

Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]*

Rep. Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [R-PA-8]*

Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]*

Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]*

Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]*

Rep. Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22]*

Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]*

Rep. Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19]*

Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]*

Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]*
* = Original cosponsor

Senate Co-Sponsors: Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]

Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]

Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] 



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Sen. Shelby, Richard C. [R-AL]

Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]

Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]

Sen. Reid, Harry [D-NV]

Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]

Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ]

Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]

Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]

Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]

Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]

Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]

Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]

Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO]

Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]

Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]

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Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]

Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]

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Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]

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Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]

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Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]

Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]*

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Sen. Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT]*

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Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]*

Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]*
* = Original cosponsor




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