9/11 survivors advocate state to get more New Yorkers into free health care

Ahead of the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks, survivors are calling for more government assistance so New Yorkers know how to access government help with medical bills.

“It’s outrageous that our government isn’t doing enough to educate these people that they are entitled to free health care for the rest of their lives,” attorney Michael Barasch, whose law office is a few blocks from Ground Zero, told AP on Thursday The Post.

While about 80% of first responders received help dealing with concerns and other medical issues caused by toxic exposure, about 10% of New Yorkers who worked below Canal Street that day did the same, Barasch added added.

Businesses employing 50 or more workers during the cleanup through May 30, 2002 would be required to notify past and current employees of their entitlement to federal benefits under a proposed bill by Rep. Nader Sayegh (D-Yonkers).

New York firefighter amidst the debris of the World Trade Center
Survivors of the September 11, 2001 attack are calling for more government assistance so New Yorkers know how to access government help with medical bills.
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A US Customs Agent surveys the damage at the NYC Customs House following the September 11 terrorist attack.
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More than half of first responders have sought help dealing with concerns and other medical problems caused by toxic exposure.
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The state parliament is scheduled to meet again next January.

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