Sept. 11 health care bill goes into effect
After years of political wrangling, the new law that provides health care to workers who got sick at Ground Zero finally went into effect today.
The secretary of health and human services joined New York City lawmakers at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan to mark the beginning of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and CompensationAct .
The new law provides medical care and compensation to thousands of first responders, recovery workers and volunteers who fell ill after working at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The law is named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses. The law provides care to Sept. 11 victims for at least the next five years.
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