News 9/11 first responders get more time to apply for health benefits Those who filed between 2015 and 2017 but were denied compensation can appeal. James Taormina, whose brother Dennis was killed in the 9/11 attacks, pauses at the memorial before a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the National September 11 Memorial on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer By Alison Fox email@example.com @AlisonFox Updated September 10, 2018 1:00 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The State Senate said on Monday, the day before the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, that the deadline for first responders to apply for health benefits has been extended. Additionally, the law, sponsored by Sen. Martin Golden, allows those who became ill between Sept. 11, 2015, and Sept. 11, 2017, to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits before Sept. 11, 2022, according to the State Senate. This is the third extension of the deadline to claim these benefits. Originally, first responders involved in the rescue, recovery or cleanup operations had to have filed a “notice of participation” by 2010. “Our first responder heroes of 9/11 deserve assistance in getting every benefit to which they are entitled,” Golden said in a statement. The new law also provides an appeals process for those who filed between 2015 and 2017 but had their applications denied, according to the Senate. By Alison Fox firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Coping with lingering grief, 17 years after 9/11"Grief is as personal as you are; it's kind of like your fingerprint." Victims of 9/11 remembered in lower ManhattanThe tradition at the 9/11 Memorial draws hundreds to lower Manhattan for reflection. Pay tribute to 9/11 victims at these lesser-known memorialsThe World Trade Center isn't the only place in the city that honors the victims. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.