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    By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Associated Press Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) - Federal officials introduced legislation Monday
    to provide long-term health care for emergency workers who toiled
    at ground zero after the terrorist attack that destroyed the World
    Trade Center.
    The Remember 9/11 Health Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Carolyn
    Maloney, a New York Democrat, and Christopher Shays, a Connecticut
    Republican, would provide federal health insurance to workers who
    were injured or suffered ill health related to the Sept.11 attack
    and cleanup.
    A study by Mount Sinai Medical Center found that about half of
    the 9,229 recovery workers tested so far had long-term respiratory
    illnesses or other injuries related to their work at the site. More
    than 300 firefighters have filed for early retirement because of
    illnesses related to the attack.

    "We need to send a strong message to rescue workers that you
    were there for us on 9-11, we need to be there for any treatment
    you need," Maloney said at a news conference.
    The federal legislation would excuse recipients from paying for
    health care, including for prescription drugs. Physical and
    psychological problems would be covered.
    The bill also calls for expanding the number of people monitored
    to cover at least 40,000 civilians over 20 years; the current
    program is designed to track some 12,000 civilians for five years.
    The cost of the legislation was unclear.

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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