Thursday, May 19, 2011

The 9/11 Health Bill

With the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act about to go into effect, I thought it would be a good time to post a summary of the bill and the full text for anybody who is interested.

Here's a link to a good summary of the 9/11 health bill that was posted online by Rep. Maloney's office.

For the more motivated, here is the full text of the bill.

The provisions that cover members of StuyHealth are in Section 2.

One part of the bill that impacts StuyHealth specifically: This law does establish the need for Centers of Excellence outside of New York City, but primarily to treat First Responders. We are still finding out whether these will be accessible to people in the survivor program (the program that treats residents, students, and office workers), and how we can indicate a need for one should a lot of us be unable to regularly seek care at the program in New York City. As student survivors, we are some of the only people in the survivor program that have left New York City in large numbers, so this is largely our fight.

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