9/11 health bill takes effect nearly 10 years after attacks

MANHATTAN - The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act took effect today, finally providing funding for first responders and survivors who suffered illnesses at the World Trade Center. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials were joined by EMT workers at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan to commemorate the law, named after the officer who lost his life after assisting in the Sept. 11 recovery efforts. The law will provide federal funding for health facilities throughout the country, but some clinics will only offer five years of benefits to responders in need. "There is a lot of work yet to be done," Sept. 11 volunteer Rhonda Villamia said. "There are many conditions that are not included." Under the law, the federal government will pay 90 percent of all costs, with the city covering the remaining 10 percent to guarantee continued funding and treatment.

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