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9/11 health fund picks up decision-making pace

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NEW YORK (AP) — The fund that compensates people with illnesses related to the Sept. 11 attacks has picked up the pace of evaluating applications after a slow start.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund released data Thursday for the first half of the year.

As of the end of June, compensation decisions had been made for 1,145 claims, with a total dollar value of more than $322 million.

The fund had come under criticism for its slowness at the end of last year, when only 112 compensation decisions had been made. Special Master Sheila Birnbaum attributed that to bureaucratic issues.

On Thursday, Birnbaum said the fund was continuing to work on its procedures and staffing to increase processing speed. That includes hiring a team of people to deal solely with processing payments.

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