Attorney for Injured and Ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors Commends House Committee Hearing on Zadroga Reauthorization

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Lawyer Mike Barasch applauds legislative action to extend benefits under a law named for his firm’s client

We thank the committee for making such early and significant progress towards the continuation of WTC responder benefits.

Mike Barasch, managing partner of the law firm Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C., praised House Energy and Commerce Chairman Upton (R MI), Health Subcommittee Chair Pitts (R PA), and Ranking Members Pallone (D NJ) and Green (D TX) for kickstarting the process to reauthorize programs providing critical care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors by holding a Legislative Hearing on HR 1786, the bi-partisan, “The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.”

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was signed into law in 2011, will expire unless Congress takes action now to renew it. The legislation provides health care and economic compensation to those who lost their health as well as to the families of those who died since 9/11 from related injuries. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, in a very positive step, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, became the first Committee of Congress to start the reauthorization process by holding a hearing on HR 1786 “The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.”

Barasch said: “On behalf of our client Joe Zadroga, and the thousands of other injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors who we are proud to represent, we applaud Chairmen Upton and Pitts and Ranking Members Pallone and Green for the taking the initiative to start the reauthorization process. We thank the committee for making such early and significant progress towards the continuation of WTC responder benefits. We look forward to the hearing and to working with the Committee on advancing this crucial legislation.”

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C. represents more 9/11 responders than any other law firm in the country. They are working to make sure that Washington does the right thing and renews and extends the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. More than 30,000 sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors depend on the medical treatment and the compensation programs provided by this law.

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