Before receiving health care benefits or money under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, individuals must be checked by the FBI to ensure they are not terrorists. If an individual applying for benefits under the Zadroga Act is found to be on the FBI watch list for terrorists, they will be disqualified for benefits.
This provision for medical care under the act was added by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla) under an amendment during the debate over the bill last May. According to a letter from the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to the Huffington Post, as individuals injured or ill from the September 11th attacks begin looking for treatment under the act, doctors will inform participants that the patient’s names, addresses, personal data, place of birth and government ID numbers have to be transmitted to the FBI to make sure they are not terrorists before they can receive treatment.
The letter states:
“Although neither we nor [the Centers for Disease Control]/NIOSH anticipate the name of any individual in the current Programs will be on the list, CDC/NIOSH is expressly required by law to implement this particular requirement of the Act.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to working with you and ensuring that you continue to receive uninterrupted services under the new WTC Health Program.”
The Act will cover medical treatment and monitoring services for everyone on the scene- not just volunteers or rescue workers. Because there is a possibility of the bystanders in the area to have been terrorists, it was felt that adding this was necessary to ensure we aren’t assisting any terrorists with the benefits from the Zadroga program.
At the Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman, remember the horror of 9/11, as we experienced it ourselves. As New York attorneys, we walked through the cloud of dust after the attack on the twin towers and contended with the soot and fumes. We are focused on helping first responders and workers who were involved in 9/11. Our Zadroga lawyers have extensive knowledge of these claims and can help you. For more information, call the Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman today at 866-205-2415.