As individuals continue to be diagnosed with 9/11 related medical conditions, the WTC Health Program remains a necessary resource for people affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks. The WTC Health Program was designed to provide medical monitoring and treatment for residents, students, emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who were in the New York City Exposure Zone during and immediately following the 9/11 attacks, at the Pentagon, and at the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The program is administered by the federal government.
If you meet the requirements, the WTC Health Program offers many benefits including the following:
- You will receive a free of charge medical examination by the best trained toxic exposure specialists.
- If necessary, the Program will refer you for all necessary diagnostic testing.
- If you are uninsured or underinsured, the WTC Health Program will pay for medication, treatment, testing, care, and therapy.
- You will receive access to a nationwide network of clinics with providers across the country.
In addition to medical treatment, the Program collects and analyzes physical and mental health data and conducts research to better understand health conditions related to the attacks. This information is vitally important to the 9/11 community.
If you file a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), it will inquire with the WTC Health Program about your injuries. However, note that though it can help provide documentation of your injuries, registering with the WTC Health Program is not the same as submitting your claim to the VCF.
Thanks to the reauthorized James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the WTC Health Program will remain open for another 75 years, until the year 2090.
For more information about the policies and procedures used by the WTC Health Program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/policies.html.
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If the WTC Health Program certifies you for any injuries, contact Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo for a consultation. We will discuss with you what it means, and what else there is for you to do.