New law seeks to add $2.7B to 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Advocates say thousands of first responders and their family members still haven’t received the money they were entitled to after 9/11 because claims were not correctly paid or denied.

Blaise Gomez

Oct 3, 2022, 6:16 PM

Updated 604 days ago

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New law seeks to add $2.7B to 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
 A new law could soon close some financial loopholes to help 9/11 first responders. 
Advocates say thousands of first responders and their family members still haven’t received the money they were entitled to after 9/11 because claims were not correctly paid or denied. 
The Fairness for 9/11 Family Act would add billions of dollars to the fund and fix those loopholes. 
Advocates say it’ll help rescuers and their families whose cases have slipped through the cracks. 
“We’re talking about thousands of people that didn’t get their compensation that had to adjust their lives financially, medication wise,” says Rafael Nieves, a retired NYPD detective who worked at ground zero. “If the insurance didn’t take it then they were in a bind.” 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.  
If passed, it adds $2.7 billion to the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund using money seized from groups found guilty of terrorism.  


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