9/11 First Responders Demand Permanent Funding For Zadroga 9/11 Act

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the Zadroga 9/11 Act approaches expiration, many are demanding Congress instate permanent funding.

Volunteer first responder Jaime Hazan told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney he spent all of Sept. 12, 2001 helping at Ground Zero — just one day.

“Respiratory diseases, GERD, PTSD,” Hazan said are the illnesses he now deals with.

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So he wants Congress to re-up the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which pays the medical costs of first responders who came down with Ground Zer0-related illnesses.

“It blows my mind that we have to even have this discussion right now,” Hazan said.

The bill’s two critical programs providing medical treatment and compensation are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016.

FealGood Foundation founder John Feal lost half of his leg at Ground Zero, and has been a big lobbier on the

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