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September 21, 2012
Cancers added to coverage by 9/11 program

A final change to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 adds over 50 types of cancer to those covered by the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. The original list of WTC-related conditions did not include cancers. A petition from members of Congress led to the rule, which was announced on September 11, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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The addition finalizes a recommendation from Dr. John Howard, who heads the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and administers the WTC Health Program. “Publication of this final rule marks an important step in the effort to provide needed treatment and care” to responders and survivors, said Howard.

First responders, volunteers, survivors, and residents near the site who meet specific qualifications will be eligible for the coverage. Experts explain that many cancers may not appear for decades after an exposure.

The new rule was hailed by New York’s congressional representatives and by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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