WTC Health Program Information
What is the WTCHP?
The Zadroga Act of 2010 established the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) (in addition to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund). When the WTCHP was reauthorized by Congress in 2015, it stated that those who were exposed to dust and toxins on September 11, 2001 and the months following would receive medical monitoring and treatment services for both physical and mental 9/11-related injuries through 2090, at no cost to the responder or survivor (e.g., area resident, Lower Manhattan worker, or student).
The Zadroga Reauthorization Act guarantees 9/11 responders, cleanup and recovery workers, and office workers and residents of Lower Manhattan free lifetime medical care for 9/11-related conditions at world-class hospitals and other health institutions.
Free Lifetime Medical Care for 9/11 Victims
We Handle WTCHP Applications and VCF Claims
Oftentimes, when potential clients call Hansen & Rosasco, LLP for information, they are just as concerned about the lifetime WTCHP benefits as they are about 9/11 Victim Compensation. For this reason, our law firm files WTCHP applications as a courtesy to our clients, at no cost to them.
The WTC Health Program consists of a Responder Program (for rescue and recovery workers and volunteers, which include more than 15,000 New York City firefighters) and a Survivor Program (for those who lived, worked, or went to school in Lower Manhattan on 9/11). See the WTCHP applications for NYC Responders, FDNY Responders, NYC Survivors, and Pentagon/Shanksville Responders here. If you have questions about enrolling in the WTC Health Program, please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO.
WTCHP for New York City Responders Includes:
- An individual, including current and former Federal employees, who worked or volunteered onsite in rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup or related support services in Lower Manhattan (south of Canal St.), the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, or the barge loading piers;
- A member of the Police Department of New York City (active or retired) or a member of the Port Authority Police of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (active or retired) who participated onsite in rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, or related services in Lower Manhattan (south of Canal St.), including Ground Zero, the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, or the barge loading piers;
- An employee of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City involved in the examination and handling of human remains from the World Trade Center attacks, or other morgue worker who performed similar post-September 11 functions for such Office staff;
- A worker in the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation Tunnel;
- A vehicle-maintenance worker who was exposed to debris from the former World Trade Center site while retrieving, driving, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining vehicles contaminated by airborne toxins from the September 11th terrorist attacks.
WTCHP for the Fire Department of the City of New York Includes:
- A member of the Fire Department of New York City (fire or emergency personnel, active or retired) who participated at least one day in the rescue and recovery effort at any of the former World Trade Center sites (including Ground Zero, the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, and the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office), or;
- A surviving immediate family member of a member of the Fire Department of New York City (whether fire or emergency personnel, active or retired) who was killed at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001, if the family member received any treatment for a WTC-related mental health condition on or before September 1, 2008.
WTCHP for New York City Survivors Includes:
- A person who was present in the NYC “Exposure Zone” in the dust or dust cloud on September 11, 2001;
- A person who worked, lived, or attended school, child care, or adult day care in the NYC “Crash Site Area” for at least four days during the four-month period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on January 10, 2002, or at least 30 days during the 11 months beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2002;
- Any person who worked as a cleanup worker or performed maintenance work in the NYC “Disaster Area” during the four months starting September 11, 2001, and ending on January 10, 2002;
- A person who had a lease for a residence or bought a residence in the NYC “Exposure Zone” and who lived in that residence during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on May 30, 2002;
- A person whose place of employment – At any time during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on May 30, 2002, was in the “New York City Disaster Area”
WTCHP for Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania Responders
Includes any of the following who took part in the rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or other related services after the terrorist-related air crashes on September 11, 2001, at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, or the passenger-jet crash site in Shanksville, PA.
- Fire department employees (fire and emergency personnel, active or retired)
- Police department employees (active or retired)
- Recovery or cleanup workers and contractors
- Volunteers (including members of the Red Cross)
Where Can I Get 9/11 WTC Health Program Medical Treatment
There are seven Clinical Centers of Excellence (CCEs) in the New York metropolitan area. Many of these clinics have multiple locations throughout New York and New Jersey, including locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Piscataway, NJ. For responders living outside this NYC/NJ area, the “Nationwide Provider Network” has physicians across the country that are able to provide care.
Getting the Health Care You Need
Current and Retired FDNY Employees
They are seen at the Bureau of Health Services office in Brooklyn or may be referred to satellite locations. For FDNY members living outside this NYC/NJ area, the Nationwide Provider Network has physicians across the country who are able to provide care.
Newly enrolled “survivors”
Survivors in the New York metropolitan area must go to the Bellevue Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Governor Hospital, or a clinic on William Street. For survivors living outside the NYC/NJ metro area, the Nationwide Provider Network has physicians across the country who will provide care.