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For Some 9/11 Responders Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, Deadline for VCF is Oct. 21

Oct 1, 2015

A deadline is quickly approaching for some 9/11 responders diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to The PBA Beat, members who were diagnosed with prostate cancer on or before October 21, 2013 must register with the Fund by October 21, 2015 to protect their eligibility to file a claim. The VCF is one of the two programs provided by the Zadroga Act; it provides compensation to responders and survivors who suffered injuries or economic loss due to the attacks. For more information, claimants may view or call (855)885-1555.

The Zadroga Act also established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, which provides medical treatment and monitoring. More than 70,000 people are being monitored by the program and 33,000 are receiving treatment. Zadroga benefits are due to expire in phases starting next month unless Congress takes action. Funding for the WTC Health Program will end in October if the Act is not renewed; the program will have to rely on cash reserves into next year before it ends entirely. The VCF is due to expire in October 2016.

There has been a large push to permanently renew the Zadroga Act. A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced legislation to keep benefits available to 9/11 responders and survivors, according to the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP. "The upcoming deadline highlights the need for permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act," said Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman. "These individuals sacrificed their health and well-being at a time when their country needed them most. They and their families deserve benefits."

On September 16, the firm was among many who lobbied Congress to permanently extend the Zadroga Act. Mr. McCauley, who is a former New York City Police (NYPD) officer, and a 9/11 responder and lobbyist was also in attendance. He also lobbied in the nation’s capital for the 2010 passage of the Zadroga Act, often along with the firm’s clients—other 9/11 responders and survivors.

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