Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Support Hillary Clinton Plan to Help Sick WTC Heroes

We support Senator Hillary Clinton's $2 billion plan to assist the estimated 50,000 people that might need treatment for exposure to Ground Zero toxic dust (GZTD). Senator Clinton's plan provides $5,800 annually for each worker from 2007-2011. So far Congress has authorized $227 million with $75 million appropriated to be spent for treatment starting this year.

The funding will flow through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to the state, city and to patients. Mount Sinai Medical Center and the New York Fire Department (FDNY) are already operating monitoring and treament programs and hopefully outpatient and inpatient services will be provided without regard to insurance coverage. We salute Senator Clinton's leadership for these vulnerable American heroes. We stand ready to assist her in helping every person hurt by the GZTD.

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