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Congress to Approve Lifetime Health Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

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Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 05:03 PM


Lifetime health care benefits for 9/11 first responders will finally be approved by Congress.
An act to provide them with lifetime medical care for illnesses associated with their work at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 is included in a must-pass $1.1 trillion spending package, CNBC reported.

An agreement on the issue was reached by the White House and Congressional leaders late Tuesday, and House and Senate votes are expected to be held Thursday.

"Never again will survivors and responders be forced to walk the halls of Congress, begging for their health care. Never again will they lose sleep over fear that this life-saving program will run out," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement Tuesday evening, CNBC reported.

Legislation to provide 9/11 first responders with lifetime medical care had widespread bipartisan support, but some House and Senate Republicans wanted to limit the size and duration of the program.


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