Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-31-2015

First Advisor

Ellen Tumposky

Second Advisor

Jenny Hamblett

Subject Concentration

Health & Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

The attack on the World Trade Center cost many first responders and volunteers, like Ken George, a retired highway crewmember who was part of the search and rescue, to lose their health. Ken had needs a respirator for his restricted airway disease, he is o n 33 medications and five years ago he had a heart attack. Bi- =weekly or monthly, he visits a doctor for his PTSD, his heart, his lungs and general healthcare. After seeing the devastating conditions that the responders like Ken worked in, Congresswoman C arolyn Maloney (D-12) worked tirelessly with many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, to pass a health and compensation act. After nine years, the Zadroga Act, which subsidies medical bills and compensates victims and their families for loss of income, was passed in 2010. On Sept. 30 the bill expired, and on Oct. 3, 2016 the money will trickle out. If the bill is not renewed, Ken will have to spend $3000 a month on copays alone. Ken use to help lobby for the bills renewal, however, since his weight gain from the combination of medications he is unable to travel far distances.

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