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Petition Asks For Expanded Health Benefits For Superstorm Sandy First Responders

Superstorm Sandy is still affecting the health care of the medically vulnerable in New York and New Jersey as a new petition calls for expanded health benefits for Sandy first responders.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Petition Calls For Hurricane Sandy First Responder Health Benefits
From leading evacuees through flooded streets to carrying a family pet out of a collapsing home, first responders have been dubbed the heroes of Hurricane Sandy. But not all of them had health benefits as they headed into the disaster zones this week (Rao, 11/3).

CBS (Video): Disabled Residents In NY And NJ Weather Sandy
Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in the Northeast this week, and while many residents faced hardship, New York and New Jersey's disabled community faced the storm as one of the most vulnerable segments of society. Thousands of developmentally disabled people faced power outages and food shortages and their caregivers sacrifices their own needs in order to see the disabled through the storm. Kirsten Nataro is a health specialist at a group home for the mentally disabled on Long Island and she spoke with CBS News' Willem Marx about the impact of the storm at the home (11/3).

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