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|Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:37 pm Post subject: House Passes Big Boost in Federal 9/11 Health Care
From Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:00 am to Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|House Passes Big Boost in Federal 9/11 Health Care
-Measure Includes $50 Million for Health Clinics,
Request that HHS Deliver Long-Awaited 9/11 Health Care Plan-
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional 9/11 Health Caucus, voted yesterday to pass the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, which includes $50,000,000 for federally-funded 9/11 health clinics.
Earlier this week, media reports disclosed the Bush Administration's draft plan to treat and monitor 9/11 responders nationwide. The report language for the "Labor-HHS" appropriations bill, however, calls on the Administration to finalize and release a plan to deliver health monitoring to everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and health treatment to anyone who is sick as a result -including responders, lower Manhattan residents, area workers and schoolchildren. The measure also requests that the Department include provisions for "long-term medical care, worker compensation, income security, and disability benefits for affected individuals and liability issues for the city of New York and its contractors."
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) and a bipartisan group of Appropriations Committee members from New York - including Nita Lowey, James Walsh, Josť Serrano, Maurice Hinchey and Steve Israel - helped move the legislation forward.
"With this bill, Congress has given 9/11 health clinics the funding they'll need to keep their doors open," said Maloney. "While this $50 million is a good start, according to the Administration, we will likely need $400 to $700 million per year to provide quality care just to 9/11 first responders, not to mention lower Manhattan residents, area workers and schoolkids. As soon as the President signs this bill into law, we in Congress will start working on the next round of funding to battle this growing health crisis."
"I am once again extremely grateful for Chairman Obey's dedication to helping the men and women whose health was compromised by 9/11," Maloney added. "I hope that this bill will spur the Administration to finalize and release its plan to help thousands of Americans who were injured or made sick by the terrorist attacks on our country."
Fossella said, "It's been a tough slog to get to this point, but we have made progress on both the funding and federal plan fronts. There is still much work to be done to ensure that all those who are suffering health impacts as a result of 9/11have access to medical monitoring and treatment."
07/18/07 - Reps. Maloney and Fossella on Bush Admin.'s Draft 9/11 Health Care Plan
6/13/07 - Bill Moving Through Congress Would Demand Federal 9/11 Health Plan
5/25/07 - Senators and Representatives Welcome Approval of $50 Million for 9/11 Health Funding
4/27/07 - NY Area Senators, Reps Demand 9/11 Health Plan Answers from Bush Administration
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)
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