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Plan To Change 9/11 Health Care Program Dies On Capitol Hill

June 27, 2018 - 6:16 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- A Trump administration plan to make changes to the 9/11 health care program has been scuttled on Capitol Hill.

Under a new report from the House Appropriations Committee, the World Trade Center health program will continue to be administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The White House had wanted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take over the program.

Opponents of the proposed change had feared that the CDC might not have the expertise to deal with the complex health problems suffered by 9/11 first responders.

Four members of Congress from New York were among the leaders of the opposition – Republican Peter King and Democrats Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, and Jerry Nadler.