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|Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:35 pm Post subject: Maloney and Fossella on Bush Admin.'s Draft 9/11 Health Ca
From Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:00 am to Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), (212) 860-0606
July 18, 2007 Craig Donner (Fossella), (718) 356-8400
Reps. Maloney and Fossella on
Bush Admin.'s Draft 9/11 Health Care Plan
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional 9/11 Health Caucus, issued the following statement on the Bush Administration's draft plan to treat and monitor ailing 9/11 responders. (Click here for a copy of the plan.)
"It's good news that the Bush Administration is finally working on a plan to help the thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers from around the country who need medical monitoring and treatment. This draft plan is an outline of what we will need to provide quality care for those injured on 9/11 or in the rescue and recovery operations that followed. The plan needs more work and must be expanded to include residents, area workers and schoolkids -but it is progress and needs support.
"This is the first time the government has tabulated the total number -currently more than 6,500- of 9/11 responders who are sick as a result of the attacks. This is a staggering figure and one that is expected to grow. Americans with 9/11-related illnesses are likely coming forward now because there is treatment available.
"While the plan is still under development, it's a good start and one we will use as a springboard to ensure that the needs of those who are sick or injured are fully met. We and our colleagues in the New York delegation will be working to support this plan and expand it to include everyone who is sick as a result of 9/11. It is simply the right thing to do."
Federally-funded treatment and monitoring programs are currently in operation through a consortium of six care providers in New York and New Jersey, including Mt. Sinai Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and the FDNY. The Administration's plan would build upon the existing New York-area WTC programs to provide uniform, high-quality medical care to first responders nationwide.
The draft plan includes striking, previously unreleased data on the 9/11 health crisis:
* In the first three months of this year alone, nearly 1,200 new people signed up for monitoring programs -and more than half were referred by doctors for medical or mental health treatment, or both.
* More than 6,500 responders are currently being treated for physical illnesses and more than 4,500 have been referred for mental health care; and
* As of April 2007, nearly 34,000 9/11 responders were enrolled in medical monitoring programs operated by a consortium of World Trade Center health clinics, including those at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the New York City Fire Department, and this number is expected to grow to at least 55,000 -but potentially as many as 65,000- responders within the next two years;
* The consortium currently requires $195 million per year to operate federally-funded health clinics, but will need between $428 and $712 million per year over the next five years to provide comprehensive treatment and monitoring;
Maloney and Fossella are the co-authors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 1638), which would extend long-term medical monitoring to everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and federally-funded health care to anyone who is sick as a result. Additionally, the bill would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for sick and injured 9/11 responders and lower Manhattan residents, workers and schoolchildren. Maloney's and Fossella's legislation has been co-sponsored by a group of 21 bipartisan Members of Congress and is supported by the New York State AFL-CIO, District Council 37-AFSCME, the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, among others.
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2/07/07 - New Congressional Resolution Would Urge Administration to Develop Federal 9/11 Health Plan
7/13/06 - Maloney, Fossella Ask Health Czar for Progress Report on Response to 9/11 Health Crisis
4/12/06 - Reps. Maloney, Fossella and Shays Demand 9/11 Responder Health Treatment Plan NOW
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)
Office: (212) 860-0606
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