Cilento: Time short for sick 9/11 responders to benefit from fund

In 2011, New Yorkers won a big victory in Washington when Congress, overcoming stiff resistance, passed and President Barack Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

One of its two parts, the World Trade Center Health Program, is now providing medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11 injuries and illnesses to nearly 65,000 responders and survivors, with more than 17,000 getting treatment over the past year. Just recently, the program started providing care to those injured at the Pentagon and at the Shanksville crash site. Some 50 cancers are also now covered, and more than 1,000 responders and survivors are getting cancer treatments.

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