Ground Zero illnesses

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Time's Almost Up for 9/11 Survivors Fund

WTC Health Program will run out of money next year, leaving 70K without coverage

(Newser) - Marcy Borders, the 9/11 survivor known as the "Dust Lady" for the iconic photo of her emerging from a devastated World Trade Center, died Tuesday at the age of 42 from stomach cancer, reports CNN . Illnesses like hers, and dozens of other chronic diseases and afflictions suffered by survivors... More »

9/11 Responders Finally Get Health Payouts

Rewards range from $10K to $1.5M

(Newser) - The federal government's 9/11 health care fund finally gave its first payouts yesterday, bestowing awards ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million on a group of 15 first responders. The recipients are being kept anonymous, but 14 are firefighters, with the other being a corrections officer. Most were... More »

9/11 Health Fund to Cover Cancer

Science still out, but official says covering victims more important

(Newser) - After years of the government refusing to cover cancers developed in the aftermath of 9/11, a federal health officer has reversed course, adding 50 types of cancer to the $4.3 billion fund set up to treat first responders as well as people who lived, worked, or attended school in... More »

Cancer Rates Triple for 9/11 Cops

Nearly 300 NYPD first responders have been diagnosed

(Newser) - The federal government denies any cancer danger for 9/11 first responders, but a new study begs to differ. The New York Patrolmen's Benevolent Association released data today that cancer rates have nearly tripled among NYPD officers since the terror attack, the New York Post reports. The first-of-its-kind study also... More »

More 9/11 Cops Died of Cancer Than in 9/11 Attacks

Yet they are not eligible for compensation: NYDN

(Newser) - Since September 11, 2001, 45 NYPD officers have died of cancer. It may not seem like a huge number, until you consider that it’s nearly twice as many as the 23 who died in the 9/11 terror attacks—and that hundreds of other cops also have the disease. But... More »

No Room for First Responders at 9/11 Ceremony

City says it's working on alternatives, but emergency crews feel overlooked

(Newser) - They risked their health and safety in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, but now officials say some 3,000 first responders will not receive invites to the 10th anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero due to space constraints, reports CNN . The city maintains that the ceremony, which will be... More »

More Than 10K Settle Suits Over Ground Zero Dust

Just 500 refused settlement offer

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people have joined a legal settlement that will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust. The near-universal acceptance of the deal was announced by a court today. It will mean an end to most litigation over... More »

9/11 Health Victims Will Get More Money

Judge likes new $712M settlement that cuts lawyer fees

(Newser) - The judge overseeing a lawsuit by thousands of ground zero workers exposed to World Trade Center dust has called a proposed new settlement that gives them more money "a very good deal." US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein signed an order giving preliminary approval to the settlement, clearing the... More »

Judge Nixes $657M Ground Zero Deal, Wants More Talks

Fears sum won't be enough, and lawyers get too much

(Newser) - A federal judge put the kibosh today on New York City’s deal to set aside as much as $657 million for 10,000 workers sickened by toxic debris at the World Trade Center site. Alvin Hellerstein thinks it’s not enough money, would leave out other first responders to... More »

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