Today, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced that the federal government–despite the findings of its own official report–will include 50 additional types of cancer to the coverage provided by the Zadroga Act, which provides healthcare and financial aid for Ground Zero workers. “Anybody who got sick because of their heroic actions has been financially burdened,” said John Feal of the FealGood Foundation, an organization that seeks to assist workers who were injured as a result of their service at Ground Zero. “The devastation is still running rampant through the 9/11 community.”
Almost eleven years to the day after the 9/11 attacks, first responders are inching towards getting the kind of coverage they deserve for their heroic actions. A partial list of the types of cancer added to the Zadroga coverage is available from the Daily News.