9/11 Payouts Are Caught in Bottleneck
Two years after the launch of a government-created fund to pay sick Ground Zero workers, it has made 112 payment decisions on the nearly 55,000 applications filed, according to new figures.
The figures, due to be released Friday by the fund, show the difficulty in lining up paperwork to support payouts. To get payment, claimants must demonstrate they were at the toxic site of the World Trade Center or other places where jetliners were downed on Sept. 11, 2001, and they must show evidence they developed one of the diseases covered by the $2.8 billion fund.
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