House committee approves 9/11 health plan bill

The News Leader

May 26, 2010 5:07:44 AM PDT
A House committee has approved legislation for a long-stalled health plan for first responders to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed the approval "as an important step toward ensuring that the appropriate resources are available to take care of those who need it most."

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was backed by New York City lawmakers. It was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday night.

The legislation is named for a NYPD detective who died after inhaling toxic dust at the trade center site.

It would provide health care and financial compensation for those who developed ailments after responding to the site or working on the cleanup.