New Federal Funding for 9/11 Health Treatment Includes Residents
December 26, 2007
President Bush signed into law a spending bill for the 2008 fiscal year recently passed by Congress that includes more than $108 million in federal funding to address 9/11 health needs, more than double the amount first recommended by Congress prior to the Thanksgiving recess. As in the previous spending bill, a portion of these funds will be available to treat residents, area workers and other non-responders who were exposed to the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse.
The $108 million in new funding will go towards existing monitoring and treatment activities administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), including the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Programs run by the Fire Department of New York and the Mount Sinai consortium. New York City will work with NIOSH to ensure that funding is also directed to the treatment of residents, area workers and other non-responders, many of whom are currently being treated at the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital. Up to this point, the Bellevue Program has been funded entirely by the City and private philanthropy. This new federal funding is the first that is available to treat non-responders whose health was affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
> Read Mayor Bloomberg's statement