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9/11 Victims Begin Health Claims Process (Newsday)

Newsday, October 4, 2011

9/11 Victims Begin Health Claims Process

By Ridgely Ochs

On Monday, the first day that the new 9/11 victim compensation fund was open for business, 117 people registered online to begin the process of filing their claims, according to the Justice Department…Registration online is the first – and, according to Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, not required – step in the process of qualifying for compensation from the $2.77 billion fund authorized under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act enacted in January. Under the newly reopened fund, ailing first responders, cleanup workers and residents from Canal Street south can apply for compensation. Birnbaum said thousands might be eligible.…The special master said she had worked hard to make the process “user friendly” and that lawyers from the New York City Bar Association would be offering free help at clinics.

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