Zadroga 9/11 Health Act programs begin Friday

July 1, 2011 10:28:05 AM PDT
The health care programs provided by the Zadroga 9/11 Health Act took effect Friday.

Last December, Congress approved a measure providing new aid to survivors of the September 11th attacks and responders who became ill.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other officials Friday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Bloomberg says the law guarantees that those facing health problems related to 9/11 will be monitored by doctors and receive treatment at least until 2015.

He says the federal government is sharing in the responsibility for providing care to first-responders and others injured by the toxic dust at ground zero.

The law also reopened a victims' compensation fund for another five years. It covers wage and other economic losses of sickened workers and residents.

The legislation is named for a police detective who died at age 34 after working at ground zero.