Agenda Announced for Public Meeting on Implementation of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

An agenda for the a public meeting on March 3, 2011 to discuss the implementation of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2001 has been published by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the meeting is to allow interested parties provide the agency with their perspectives to assist in developing a plan to meet the requirements of the Act.

In December 2010 US Congress passed and President Obama signed, The World Trade Center Health Program, marking yet another advance on the path to federalize the nation's workers' compensation program. The Federally funded and administered program provides for medical evaluation and treatment of occupational medical conditions that have been neglected or ignored by other benefit programs.

The meeting will begin with a brief introduction by Federal officials, followed by presentations from attendees who register to speak. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes in order to maximize the number of presentations during the meeting. If all registered presentations are made before the end time, there will be an open session to receive comments from anyone who has not signed up on the speaker registration list who may wish to speak. Open session comments will also be limited to five minutes per person. After the last speaker or at 4:45 p.m., whichever occurs first, the meeting will be adjourned.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 2011 9 a.m to 4:45 p.m. EDT. The meeting will take place at the Jacob Javits Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, Broadway entrance, 6th Floor, Broadway entrance, 6th Floor Conference Room A/B, New York, NY 10278. While the meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available. It is anticipated that the space can hold only 300 people. The USA toll-free dial-in number is 800–619–8873; pass code 8693287.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established a program known as the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Act includes:

1. Medical Monitoring for Responders
2. Initial Health Evaluation for Survivors
3. Follow-up Monitoring and Treatment for WTC-Related Health Conditions for Responders and Survivors
4. Outreach
5. Clinical Data Collection and Analysis
6. Research on Health Conditions

For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered asbestos related disease. Please contact our office if you require assistance in filing a claim under the newly enacted James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

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