9/11 Environmental Action – still fighting for Downtown’s 9/11 survivors

Dusica Sue Malesevic writes in the January 14, 2016 issue of the Downtown Express about 9/11 Environmental Action and their outreach to residents of Lower Manhattan who are eligible for treatment under the renewed Zadroga Act, but who may not realize the fact.

Almost 400,000 Lower Manhattan workers, students and residents were exposed to contaminants during and after the 2001 terrorist attacks, but only 82,000 — about 20 percent — have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program to receive healthcare and medical screening for the many illnesses caused by toxins released in the buildings’ collapse.

The renewal of the Zadroga Act means that there are now an additional 25,000 treatment slots for survivors. People unsure of their eligibility or daunted by the process can contact 9/11 Environmental Action to be helped through the enrollment process.

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