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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: 9/11 Health Act Authors Request Quick Setup Cancel Panel
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News Release: August 8, 2011

Contact: Joe Soldevere, (212) 860-0606



9/11 Health Act Authors Request Quick Setup of Panel

to Consider Covering Cancers, Other Conditions



New York, NY -- U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King, authors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, have written Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to request that she appoint by early next month members of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee, a panel created under the law to review scientific and medical evidence and make recommendations to 9/11 Health Administrator Dr. John Howard on providing coverage for additional 9/11-related health conditions. A copy of the lawmakers letter follows.



Secretary Sebelius and Dr. Howard have done a tremendous job setting up the 9/11 health programs on time indeed, theyve accomplished a tremendous amount in a few short months. And now, because of the medical urgency for so many responders and survivors who are suffering, we are asking the Secretary to expedite the creation of the Zadroga-mandated panel charged with adding new diseases to the list of covered conditions.



Given expectations for new research potentially linking cancer to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, we hope the panel will be up and running by the tenth anniversary of the attacks.



The Zadroga law provides health care for those injured or exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, and reopens the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide economic relief to those harmed by the attacks. Please click here for a brief fact sheet on the health care and compensation provisions of the law.



Background



Earlier this year, Maloney, Nadler, and King released documents from the Congressional Research Service to help answer questions that members of the media and the public may have about the new law. Below are links to those documents:



A Q&A on eligibility for health and compensation benefits under the Zadroga Act;

A brief, plain-language summary of the law; and

A section-by-section summary of the law.



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August 4, 2011





The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary

Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201



Dear Secretary Sebelius:



We want to thank you for your efforts to implement the World Trade Center Health Program as provided under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. We know it was a difficult task and we appreciate the dedication of Health and Human Services, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Department of Justice staff to establish the program in a short six month period.



We write to you today to request that you quickly move forward with the formation of the Science/Technical Advisory Committee. NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard has begun the establishment process by requesting submissions for committee nominations. We understand that normally the approval procedures under the Federal Advisory Committee Act can take several months. Given expectations for further research on potential links to cancer and exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, we urge you to expedite the procedures so that the committee can quickly begin its task of reviewing scientific and medical evidence to make recommendations on additional health conditions and eligibility criteria for program inclusion. We hope that the committee can be in place by the tenth anniversary of the attack, next month.



Thank you for your attention to this matter, and again thank you for your work to establish a strong World Trade Center Health Program.



Sincerely,



CAROLYN B. MALONEY

JERROLD NADLER

PETER T. KING

Members of Congress
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