With so many resources available to those affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it’s easy to confuse the groups offering medical treatment from the ones that provide financial assistance. Two of the most prominent programs — the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program (WTCHP) and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) — are often mistaken for each other.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo has extensive knowledge of both programs. We can explain their differences and provide essential details to guide you when you are seeking medical treatment or filing compensation claims.
You can participate in both programs at the same time. However, you should understand that both programs are separate and only communicate with each other in a limited way. They have separate staff, workers, goals, eligibility requirements and registration systems.
Basic WTC Health Program Information
The WTC Health Program is a federally funded, nationwide program administered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The 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 disaster area during and immediately following the 9/11 attacks, at the Pentagon, and at the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
We have previously discussed the program’s importance and how participation can help 9/11 victims. Additionally, we have explored the differences between the WTC Health Program and the WTC Health Registry. You can read more about them here.
Most importantly, though it can help provide documentation, registering with the WTC Health Program is not the same as submitting your claim to the VCF.
Victim Compensation Fund Information and Basic Facts
Operating within the U.S. Department of Justice, the VCF provides compensation for those who suffered physical harm or whose family member died due to WTC-related injuries, such as cancer and respiratory disease.
Only if you file a claim will the VCF inquire with the WTC Health Program about your injuries. Based on your illness or injury, the VCF will calculate proper compensation for your past and future losses.
There are several other important differences between the two programs, but if you suffered a WTC-related injury, you should participate in both.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo PC has a long history with the WTC Health Program and theSeptember 11th Victim Compensation Fund. If you have questions, you can reach out to us at (800) 962-9954 or via our contact page.