9/11 First Responders ‘Don’t Stand a Chance’ Without Health Care Renewal

TIME

Politicians often call 9/11 responders “heroes.” But when it comes time to guarantee health care by trained occupational physicians and specialists who are familiar with 9/11 diseases, it seems as if there’s silence in the room. This has got to change.

Congress should renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health care for those affected by covering the cost of doctor visits and medicine for certified conditions relating to the damage caused by the deadly toxins at Ground Zero. The bill will begin to expire soon. Without it, we don’t stand a chance.

My own love for taking care of the sick dates back to my childhood. I became an EMT just before I turned 18. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was sitting in my apartment on the Upper West Side watching TV when the second plane hit the World Trade Center. I was…

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