WOODBURY - ? Officials say there is new hope for the 9/11 health care bill that would help thousands of first responders.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a less costly health care plan in Washington yesterday.

The bill would now be $6.2 billion compared to the original $7.4 billion.

Supporters of the bill say they are optimistic the bill will be approved by the Senate before the lame duck session ends.

If the new trim downed bill passes, the House must act on it before it goes to the president?s desk.

The plan would compensate first responders who got sick after working at ground zero.

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