9/11 Health Bill Passes Congress
Washington, DC: The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act passed Congress.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to extend the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Fund indefinitely and index appropriations to the medical care component of the consumer price index for urban consumers. Makes funding available for:
- a quality assurance program for services delivered by health care providers,
- the WTC Program annual report,
- WTC Health Program Steering Committees, and
- contracts with Clinical Centers of Excellence.
Amends the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act to make individuals (or relatives of deceased individuals) who were injured or killed in the rescue and recovery efforts after the aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, eligible for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Allows individuals to file claims for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 anytime after regulations are updated based on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
Removes the cap on payments under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Adds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program Fund to the list of accounts that are not subject to budget sequestration.