September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

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A federal program that’s in place to cover the medical bills of first responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks has seen steady claims since 2016. Then, the pandemic happened.

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Wednesday was the first anniversary of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund’s permanent reauthorization. It guarantees that those poisoned by Ground Zero toxins and their families will have access to health care for the rest of their lives.