Sept. 11 fund approves payments of $804 million to 3,000 claimants with health problems

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NEW YORK — The compensation program for people with health problems related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks says it has approved payments of $804 million to 3,100 claimants.

Officials at the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund say they've paid $59 million as of Jan 2.

The fund was reopened by the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

The Zadroga Act was named for a detective who died in 2006. It put $2.8 billion in the fund.

People who suffered health effects caused by the 2001 attacks and the survivors of people whose deaths are linked to the attacks are eligible.

Fund special master Sheila Birnbaum said in a memo Thursday the fund continues to expand its outreach team and its communications with claimants and their attorneys.

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