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Congressional Hearing to Review Ground Zero health

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A House Judiciary subcommittee today will take up the issue of long-term compensation for sick Ground Zero workers.

There has been a yearslong fight to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It would create a long-term program to treat workers and residents made sick by exposure to toxic dust and debris.

Over the course of 10 years, it has been estimated the program could cost billions of dollars, which is why the bill has struggled to pass.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called the current federal effort on Ground Zero health "uncertain and insufficient."

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