Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:50 pm Post subject: Please submit statements to NIOSH for Zadroga Implementation
From Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:00 am to Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:59 am (included)
|Dear 9/11 Community Member,
The US Department of Health & Human Services, & NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health), as the entity overseeing the implementation of the Zadroga Act which goes into effect this July, is giving the public an unique opportunity to offer comments & make recommendations.
On 3/3/11, Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH hosted a public meeting where 5-minute statements could be made regarding how we would like to see Title 1 of the Act...the medical portion of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act...implemented. The transcripts for these statements will be posted on the NIOSH website by 4/4/11.
Aside from those shared on 3/3, NIOSH is soliciting additional comments which can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to them. This window is only open until 4/29/11.
Simply go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket/review/docket226/default.html . Click the word "docket" on the gray shaded menu to the left which will bring you to the page titled "The NIOSH Docket". Scroll to the middle of the page to the table of open dockets & click on the NUMBER "226" which will bring you to the "Implementation of the Zadroga Act" page & is divided into 3 sections: "Background Information", "Presentations from the Meeting", & "Submissions from the Public". When ready to submit your statement, click on this latter section.
A group of 9/11 responders & survivors has come together to form the Zadroga Action Team (ZAT), which together with the Feal Good Foundation is endeavoring to work hand in hand with those whose solemn responsibility it is to provide our community the best medical coverage possible.
At the 3/3 meeting, the ZAT prepared a list of concerns which we presented in booklet form to Dr. Howard. The content of that document has been posted on the NIOSH docket page under "Presentations from the Meeting". Please feel free to review it. The recommendations were compiled from a consensus of concerns communicated to us from participants in the various WTC Medical Monitoring & Treatment Program Centers of Excellence.
If the document reflects some of your particular concerns, please echo those points in your personal statements. As thorough as we had hoped it would be, it is by no means an exhaustive list. However, reiteration of the points about which we are most passionate would only strengthen our communication that these concerns need their serious consideration when formulating the regulations for the WTC Health Program.
Please...I urge & encourage each one of you to take advantage of this momentous occasion to impact how the Zadroga Act implements the health coverage that we are going to have to live with for the next 5 years. We fought for years so that Congress would pass this bill. Now that we have it, WE can make a difference in how it is carried out. NIOSH is making it possible for us to tell them what we want.
Don't let this chance pass you by. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to your fellow responders & survivors. This WTC Health Program will cover not only our community in the New York area, but every affected person who is enrolled in the program throughout the entire US.
We are all in this together...& together we can move mountains...if each of us does his or her part.
9/11 Red Cross/Salvation Army/St. Paul's Chapel Volunteer