Benefits for 9/11 first responders and survivors could be disrupted

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(WTNH)–Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is speaking out following President Trump‘s proposed changes to health benefits for 9/11 survivors.

The plan would restructure the agency that oversees health benefits for 82,000 9/11 first responders and survivors. Experts say the changes would disrupt payment for them.

More than 500 of those first responders are right here in Connecticut.

Senator Blumenthal spoke out against those changes on Wednesday at the West Haven Fire Department.

“The federal government should not be disrupting or dismantling the World Trade Center health program at the expense of these survivors and first responders’ health,” Blumenthal said.

The program treats responders and survivors for many chronic diseases and respiratory illnesses.

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