$55 million for 9/11 workers

Source: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2007/06/20/55-million-for-911-workers/

$55 million for 9/11 workers

A key Senate Committee has included an additional $55 million in federal funding for the mounting health needs of workers exposed to toxic substances during rescue and clean up following the Sep. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The money would be used for treatment, screening, and monitoring administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the program beyond rescue workers to provide services to area residents, office and commercial workers, volunteers, students, and other individuals who were exposed to environmental hazards.

Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer said the legislation would provide comprehensive medical services for the thousands of ill and injured as well as the development of long-term, comprehensive screening and monitoring.

More than five years after the attacks, thousands of area residents, rescue and recovery workers are suffering from asthma, chronic sinusitis, and gastrointestinal conditions. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and other health effects have also been diagnosed among many of those exposed.

Some numbers...

From the blog above, we see that:

"The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the program beyond rescue workers to provide services to area residents, office and commercial workers, volunteers, students, and other individuals who were exposed to environmental hazards."

FDNY'S 9/11-TOLL SHOCKER
June 17, 2007
http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/print.php?url=http://www.nypost.com/...

"About 5,000 active and retired FDNY employees are receiving medical treatment for injuries and illnesses connected to the World Trade Center attacks, according to a Fire Department document."

Illness Persisting in 9/11 Workers, Big Study Finds
September 6, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/06/nyregion/06health.html?ex=1182657600&e...

"Roughly 70 percent of nearly 10,000 workers tested at Mount Sinai from 2002 to 2004 reported that they had new or substantially worsened respiratory problems while or after working at ground zero."

"“This study, I hope, puts to rest any doubt about what is happening to those who were exposed,” said Mrs. Clinton, who was among those who pushed for $52 million in federal funding for health treatment for the ground zero workers, the first treatment money provided by the Bush administration."

So, just how far will Hillary's $55 million go?

Just to get an idea if,

$55mil / 5,000 = $11,000 per

$55mil / 7,000 = $7,850 per

$55mil / 10,000 = $5,500 per

"The money would be used for treatment, screening, and monitoring administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health."

So, won't most of the money then be eaten up in admistrative costs? And, just how far beyond the rescue workers to area residents, office and commercial workers, volunteers, students, and other individuals will the expansion of the program actually go? How much will actually then be left for treatment of anyone?

January 28, 2003: 9/11 RESCUERS SAY: PLEASE HEAR US; Members of Congress Host Ground Zero Responders at Tonight's State of the Union Address to Urge Help for 40,000 In Need of Attention.

http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=511&I...

$55mil / 40,000 = $1,375 per

December 18, 2006: Senator Clinton, Reps. Maloney and Fossella hosted the Bush Administration's 9/11 health task force and urged the President to include treatment funds in his budget for 2007. The Administration officials were told that federally-funded 9/11 treatment programs, begun in October, may shut their doors by summer without additional federal funding.

http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1254&...

October 27, 2006: $40 million, the very first federal dollars for the treatment of those suffering from 9/11-related illness, was released by the Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Michael Leavitt has acknowledged that this money was only a “down payment,” and doctors who have monitored sick responders have testified before Congress that the crisis must be viewed as a problem that will persist for a few decades, not just a few years.

http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1224&...

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