STATEN ISLAND, NY – People who need to apply for benefits from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund have less than three weeks before the July 29 deadline.
There are two distinct deadlines: an application deadline and a registration deadline.
The “Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Act” was authorized until 2090 and aims to provide surveillance and treatment for people with 9/11 related diseases.
However, anyone who was certified by the WTC Health Program – which is part of the VCF Permanent Permission Act – before July 29, 2019 and anyone who needs to file a claim for a deceased person related to 11 September before July September 29, 2019 must do so within the next two and a half weeks.
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Once certified by the WTC Health Program, individuals must register their claim with the VCF by July 29, 2021.
Known as the ‘window to look back,’ this upcoming deadline provides an opportunity for potentially eligible individuals – those unfamiliar with the VCF program, unaware that their condition was due to 9/11-related exposure, or were not aware of the 2020 VCF Extension – to file a claim.
In addition, for people who register to file a claim for a person who would have died of a physical health problem related to September 11 before July 29, 2019, registration with the VCF is required before July 29, 2021. .
To be eligible for VCF compensation, a person must be able to prove that they were present at one of the attack sites, in the exposure area or along debris removal routes from the site. time of the attacks until May 30, 2002, and have a 9/11 illness or injury certified by the World Trade Center (WTC) health program.
The WTC’s health program has linked 68 different types of cancer, as well as dozens of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses, to toxins found in the exhibition area after 9/11.
Authorities define the exhibit area as Manhattan under Canal Street, from the Hudson River to East Broadway, then north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, where it extends east to the river. Workers at the Fresh Kills landfill may also be eligible for compensation.
The “Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez” permanent authorization of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund Act was promulgated by then President Donald Trump in 2019.
The law fully funded and re-authorized the federal compensation fund supporting victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks through 2090. A bill named in honor of Zadroga that was enacted by President Barack Obama in 2011 has restored the VCF. Congress initially established the fund in 2001 following the attacks to help the families of the victims. This initial version of the fund was closed in 2003.
As of June 2021, 64,466 claims had been filed and nearly $ 9 billion in compensation had been paid.
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