September 10, 2010


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Hinchey rallies support for treatment funding for 9/11 responders

Hinchey, with Kingston firefighters

KINGSTON – One day before the nine year anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congressman Maurice Hinchey called on Congress to vote on the James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act which would provide funding and treatment for firefighters and first responders suffering from medical conditions as a result of their response to the devastation.

He noted how when the attacks occurred numerous emergency personnel, from the local region and beyond, did not think twice about rushing to the scene to offer help in any way possible.

“As a result of their helping and their being there, in the context of the all of the contamination and the toxic elements that were in the air and the dangers they experienced, a great many people got very ill.”

The lawmaker explained that a lot of these responders had no means of obtaining the kind of health care that they need for their ailments and that it’s a tragedy in its own right that these firefighters, EMTs, and nurses have yet to receive proper medical treatment.

“Today they suffer, many of them, from a whole host of problems; things like asthma, emphysema, and in some cases cancer and other ailments. We must not allow them to suffer alone, they deserve to be treated like the heroes they are.”

At the present time, the country does not offer any publicly funded 9/11 health services to survivors of the attacks who cannot seek treatment in the immediate New York City area. This new legislation, he said, will create a nationwide network of health care providers to monitor and treat eligible people no matter where they live.
This bill is fully paid for and would be funded by a provision that prevents foreign multi-national firms, who are incorporated in tax haven countries, from avoiding the taxes that they owe on income they make in the United States, Hinchey said.

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