The number of 9/11 first responders who have died from Ground Zero-related health complications is now nearly equal to number of first responders who died during the attacks.
Driving the news: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) announced last week the addition of 43 names of first responders who died from 9/11-related ailments to its memorial at the World Trade Center.
By the numbers: In the 22 years since 9/11, 341 “FDNY members have died from rare cancers and diseases caused by the toxic dust at Ground Zero,” the Uniformed Firefighters Association wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Health ailments related to 9/11 have also impacted members of the FBI and Department of Defense.
The big picture: Increased funding for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund was long been the subject of an ongoing effort in Congress.
What to watch: A new New York law, called the 9/11 Notice Act, will require large employers to inform current and former workers who were present in the exposure zones of the attacks about their eligibility to register for federal programs providing compensation and healthcare for attack victims.