Article in the NY Times says that 6 years after the tragedy, ground zero workers still don’t have adequate health care available to take care of the diseases they have contracted or will contract from their exposures after 9-11. Ground zero workers have contracted various respiratory and digestive ailments related to their exposure to various substances at ground zero. In addition, the government does not even have a good estimate as to what it will take to provide the care the workers need. The GAO issued a report raising concerns that a NIOSH estimate of costs issued last year, has major faults. The estimate for the cost of the program is expected to rise by several $100 million over the next couple of years. The report also found that ground zero workers from outside of the New York area do not have access to adequate health care to help with ground zero related illnesses.
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