9/11 Health Program Expanded
ALBANY, NY (WENY)---Two New York senators say the federal government will include about 50 types of cancer on the list of World Trade Center related illnesses.
These cancers will be covered by a September 11th health program. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer issued a statement on the change Monday.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said last June that it favored expanding the $4.3 billion health program to include cancer.
Schumer says we need to take care of the 9/11 responders who are now sick and he says they should be treated like our veterans.
"It's the same thing here," says Schumer. "These are the same types of people. They volunteer and risk their lives and we should not forget and we will be less of a country if we do," the senator adds.
The First Responders' Compensation Fund went into effect last year.