Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino Seek Information on Services Provided by Contractor to 9/11 Survivors and Responders
Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Andrew Garbarino sent a letter to Anne Finch, Chief Executive Officer of Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI), and a letter to Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) and Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, to express concern over recent reports that responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack have not received the services they deserve from LHI, a contractor that administers part of the World Trade Center Health Program.
“To fulfill our obligation to 9/11 survivors and responders, we must ensure the World Trade Center Health Program not only has the necessary resources, but that the program is properly administered so that members receive the high-quality care that they need and deserve,” the Members wrote.
The World Trade Center Health Program provides monitoring and treatment for 9/11-related health conditions for enrolled responders and survivors. LHI holds a federal contract to administer the Nationwide Provider Network as part of this program. This network provides vital medical monitoring and care to over 23,000 people across the country, but recent reports allege that some patients cannot access their care.
NBC News described accounts from “nearly 20 patients — known as ‘members’ — served by LHI and seven current and former employees” indicating that “LHI is not only failing to achieve some of its most basic aims but also worsening members’ trauma.”
The Members continued: “As strong supporters of this crucial health program, we urge you to take steps to immediately investigate and address these issues and ensure LHI provides high-quality services to 9/11 responders and survivors.”
On August 5, 2021, Committee on Oversight and Reform staff contacted NIOSH to request a briefing on NIOSH’s oversight of contracted companies under the World Trade Center Health Program, including LHI. The briefing has been scheduled for September 15, 2021.
The Members requested that LHI provide a briefing to Committee staff by September 20, 2021.
Click here to read the letter to LHI.
Click here to read the letter to NIOSH.