9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Act
As a constituent, I want to thank you for your support of S.2683/H.R.4965, the "9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act," sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Carolyn Maloney, and ask that you continue to ensure that anyone suffering from a 9/11 related illness can access all of the services they need, without financial worry.
Recognizing the continuing health crisis resulting from exposure to 9/11 toxins, Congress created the World Trade Center Health Program to monitor and treat those developing 9/11 related illnesses. In 2015, Congress reauthorized the program until 2090, as its need became more critical and the program’s efficacy undisputed. The reauthorization imposed yearly spending caps that are tied to inflation. Medical inflation has increased faster than standard inflation and therefore, the program faces a projected funding shortfall starting in 2025 ― we cannot allow this to be the case. Unfortunately, this shortfall will once again place these heroes, many of whom suffer from 9/11-associated cancers caused by their toxic exposures, in harm's way.
The 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act would ensure there is adequate funding for the World Trade Center Health Program to deal with the projected shortfall. It would also address other issues, including providing greater flexibility in program certifications, making the Program Administrator responsible for credentialing providers and developing a cohort to study the impact that these attacks, and toxins they released, will have on our youth. As we remember and honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we must all renew our commitment to fighting for responders and survivors who are living with 9/11 related illnesses. Passing S.2683/H.R.4965, as part of the Build Back Better legislation that is currently being negotiated, is a critical way for Congress to demonstrate through decisive action that "Never Forget" is more than just a slogan.
Thank you for your consideration of this important matter. I ask that you raise awareness of this issue with your conference and leadership, and I look forward to a reply to my email.
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