The Zadroga Act (named for James Zadroga, a NYPD Detective who died in 2006 from respiratory failure linked to his exposure to toxins at Ground Zero in 2001) established and provided funding for two separate but related federal benefit programs: The World Trade Center Health Program (“WTCHP”) and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”). The WTCHP provides free medical monitoring and treatment to eligible responders and survivors, whereas the VCF provides financial compensation to eligible responders, survivors, and their heirs. Both programs cover a specific list of injuries and illnesses attributable to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and maintained by the WTCHP (which includes almost all cancers, interstitial lung diseases, aerodigestive disorders, and acute traumatic injuries).

The schematic below visually depicts the two programs created by the Zadroga Act and the material components of each.

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