WTC Health Program Information
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010 established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program (in addition to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund). When the program was reauthorized by Congress in 2015, it provided that those exposed to 9/11 disaster dust and toxins will receive medical monitoring and treatment services for both physical and mental 9/11-related injuries through 2090 at no cost to the responder or victim. The Zadroga Reauthorization Act essentially guarantees 9/11 responders, clean-up and recovery workers, downtown office workers and downtown residents free medical care for 9/11 related conditions for life at world class health institutions.
In order for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claimants to receive a compensation award from from the VCF, most now have to have their 9/11 related medical condition (including all cancers) “certified” by the World Trade Center Health Program. Unfortunately, in 2018 9/11 attorneys are seeing long delays before their clients are scheduled for “certification” exams. This can delay the processing of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim. Turley, Hansen & Rosasco is working with and supporting 9/11 advocacy groups eliminate unnecessary delays for claimants who need “certification” exams.
Often times, when potential clients call Turley, Hansen & Rosasco for information, they are just as concerned about the WTC Health program benefits as they are about 9/11 Victim Compensation. For this reason, our law firm files World Trade Center Health Program (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, including 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 9/11 WTCHP Responder application here. See the 9/11 WTCHP Survivor Application here. If you have questions about enrolling in the WTC Health Program, please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).
New York City Responders
- 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 Staten Island Landfill, 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 Staten Island Landfill, 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 while retrieving, driving, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining vehicles contaminated by airborne toxins from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Fire Department of the City of New York
- 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, Staten Island Landfill, 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 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.
New York City Survivor
- A person who was present in the “New York City disaster area” 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 “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;
- Any person who worked as a cleanup worker 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;
- A person who had a lease for a residence or bought a residence in the “New York City disaster area”, and who lived in that residence during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on May 31, 2003;
- A person whose place of employment–
- At any time during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on May 31, 2003, was in the “New York City disaster area”; and
Pentagon and 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
- 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 in Arlington VA, or the passenger-jet crash site in Shanksville, PA.
Locations for 9/11 WTC Health Program Medical Treatment
- There are seven “Clinical Centers of Excellence” 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, 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.
“Current and retired FDNY employees” 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 that are able to provide care.
For newly enrolled “survivors” in the New York metropolitan area, you will go to the Bellevue Hospital Center for your initial health evaluation. For follow-up treatment, you may go to Bellevue Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, or Governor Hospital. For survivors living outside this NYC/NJ area, the Nationwide Provider Network has physicians across the country that are able to provide care. If you have questions about enrolling in the WTC Health Program, please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).