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Capitol Health Call
October 12, 2011

World Trade Center Attacks

JAMA. 2011;306(14):1535. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1440

Citing a recent observational study finding a modest excess of cancers in persons affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, some New York lawmakers are asking the federal government to provide health care for these individuals.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, signed into law in January, created the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical monitoring and treatment of 9/11-related health conditions for responders and survivors. In July, the program's administrator announced that cancers were not yet to be considered covered conditions, saying insufficient evidence existed to add the disease to the coverage plan.