PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Late on December 15th, 2015, news broke that the first responders who sacrificed their time and health at Ground Zero would finally be eligible to receive lifetime medical care for their illnesses due to conditions they were exposed to at the site of the 9/11 plane crashes.
Congress reached an agreement with the White House on an omnibus spending bill late Tuesday night, which includes a measure to extend funding for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.
Joseph Genovesi, President of Thrivest Specialty Funding, LLC ("Thrivest") and long-time advocate for the first responder community, is delighted that the Zadroga Act has finally been extended.
"It's about time these men and women will get the health care they desperately need and deserve," said Genovesi, whose company offers custom legal funding and specialty finance solutions. "I can only hope that there are no further delays in the process."
Since being exposed to the air and debris at Ground Zero, numerous first responders fell ill and are suffering from cancers, lung disease, heart failure, and other illnesses. Many have already lost their lives as a result of these illnesses. Once it became apparent that their illnesses were directly linked to toxins found at Ground Zero, first responders and their supporters have advocated for greater support from the government.
Well-known figures, such as comedian Jon Stewart, have lobbied Congress for better care for first responders. Stewart, along with high-profile first responder John Feal, visited Capitol Hill earlier this fall to raise awareness of the expiring Zadroga fund.
The $1.1 trillion spending package that includes the Zadroga Act extends health care access for first responders through 2090. The second component of the Zadroga Act, the Victim Compensation Fund, will only be extended for five additional years, with $4.6 billion being added to the fund.
Although this is great news, Zadroga claimants may still have to wait a year or longer to receive the bulk of their award. Unfortunately, many 9/11 first responders and survivors with claims simply cannot afford to wait this long to receive full distribution. Therefore, Thrivest is providing Zadroga claims advances to those who need access to their award now, at industry-best rates.
To learn more about Thrivest and its legal funding and specialty finance solutions, including Zadroga claims advances, please call 888-697-7352. Or visit http://thrivest.com, where you can submit an application and learn more about the company.
Media Contact: Joseph Genovesi, 888-697-7352
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