On October 3, Sheila Birnbaum, Special Master, 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, is expected to reopen the $2.775 billion fund. Those who are eligible to file a claim are police officers, firefighters, Emergency Medical Service workers, construction workers, cleanup workers, utility workers, volunteers and original survivors. These workers or volunteers had to be in the Ground Zero area or the “debris removal area” between September 11, 2011 and May 30, 2002 in order to be eligible.
Although the coverage area has expanded from Reade Street to Canal Street — allowing thousands more who lived and worked in the area to be eligible for the fund — the VCF will not cover cancers, but will include lung disease and other respiratory-
“We urge those who have yet to file a claim to do so immediately,”
“We are glad to see Ms. Birnbaum finally reopen the Victim Compensation Fund for those who worked tirelessly at the Ground Zero site,” Mr. Hansen said. “While it is good to see the coverage area expand, we are disappointed that the fund does not cover cancer. We hope that our elected officials are successful in getting NIOSH to read the FDNY’s findings that were published in a highly regarded medical journal and reconsider their decision.”
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