Thursday, Oct. 3, is currently listed as the last day that people affected by the World Trade Center attacks and the aftermath at Ground Zero can apply to be eligible for health benefits.
Thousands of people were affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, having endured failing health and terminal illness diagnoses, as well as trouble accessing healthcare to treat these new conditions.
Tonight, according to a CBS News report, marks the final hour when a victim of the attacks can apply for federally funded healthcare through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Based on our reports, more than just the thousands of people killed or injured in the actual attacks have been impacted by the events of more than 12 years ago. In fact, the past decade has been traumatic for thousands more people, including emergency personnel, construction crews, and demolition workers who attended to the site of the former World Trade Center to help remove debris.
As they all worked at the scene, they were exposed to a dangerous toxic cloud of dust and smoke. Some workers logged hundreds of hours or more at the site, and now more and more of those workers are coming forward with serious and sometimes life-threatening or fatal injuries.
Earlier this week we noted recent New York Police Dept. data that found rates of some cancers are exponentially higher in the past decade than at anytime in the past. Despite the higher cancer rate, it was only until recently that people who worked at the Ground Zero site or were exposed to the toxins there became eligible for health benefits to treat cancers they say developed as a result of that exposure.
Applicants to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will be eligible for health benefits for diseases that appear before 2016, according to CBS News. Just before the deadline, a raft of new applicants have come forward applying for compensation under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.