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The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is a vital component of the Zadroga Reauthorization Act – in addition to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

The World Trade Center Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for first responders at the WTC and related sites in New York City, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA. It also provides healthcare benefits for survivors who were in the New York City crash site area. (See image below)

Note that the exposure zone for the WTC Health Program is larger than the exposure zone for VCF compensation in that the Health Program – the Heath Program exposure zone is that area south of Houston Street and includes parts of Brooklyn (e.g. Brooklyn Heights) while the VCF exposure zone is the area south of Canal Street and does not include any part of Brooklyn.

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Who is eligible for the WTC Health Program?

New York City Responders (including federal employees)

  • Persons – construction workers, utility workers, security workers, volunteers, etc. (call us for full list) who worked or volunteered in rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup or related support services in lower Manhattan (south of Canal St), including Ground Zero, the Staten Island Landfill, or the trucks, barges, or piers;
  • Members of the NYPD or the Port Authority Police (active or retired) who participated in rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, or related services in lower Manhattan (south of Canal St), including Ground Zero, the Fresh Kills Landfill, or the barge piers;
  • Members 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, Staten Island Landfill, and the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office),
  • Volunteer firefighters and police officers not employed by NYC;
  • NYC morgue workers;
  • Vehicle-maintenance workers who was exposed to debris from the former World Trade Center site while retrieving, driving, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining contaminated vehicles.

New York City Survivors (including downtown residents, office workers, students)

  • All people who were present in the New York City disaster area in the dust on September 11, 2001;
  • All people who worked, lived, or attended school, child care, or adult day care in the New York City disaster area for at least 4 days during the 4-month period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on Jan. 10, 2002, or at least 30 days during the 11 months beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2002;
  • All people on who worked as cleanup workers or performed maintenance work in the New York City disaster area during the 4 months starting September 11, 2001, and ending on Jan. 10, 2002;
  • All people who lived in the New York City disaster area (south of Houston Street) during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on May 31, 2003.

Pentagon/Shanksville, Pennsylvania Responders

  • Fire department employees (both fire and emergency personnel, active or retired), police department employees (active or retired), recovery or cleanup workers and contractors and volunteers (including Red Cross) 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 or the passenger-jet crash site in Shanksville, PA.

To enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program please call 1-888-982-4748 or click here. The WTC attorneys at Turley Hansen help our clients apply as a service to our clients.