New rules for filing claims with 9/11 compensation fund

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The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has posted new rules for filing claims.

Changes include extending the deadline to Dec. 18, 2020, and modifying the definitions of health conditions that are covered. The Justice Department said Wednesday that the new regulations are available for public comment.

Congress established the compensation fund after the 2001 terror attacks. It operated for two years, giving $6 billion to victims' families and $1 billion to the injured.

The fund was reopened in 2011 after Congress authorized the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named for a detective who died in 2006. The Zadroga Act was reauthorized in 2015.

The Justice Department says the fund has paid more than $1.52 billion to first responders, recovery workers and residents since 2011.