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Yearly Archives: 2013

World Trade Center Health Program Issues Medical Care Cards For Certified Cancer Patients

December 18, 2013

By on 9/11 Cancers

The WTCHP works diligently to ensure that their patients are getting the best care and treatment for cancer conditions as well as any other 9/11 related illnesses. Many emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers as well as volunteers have become ill with cancer and other diseases since the September 11th attacks. Many continue to join the WTCHP each day and are now receiving the free health care and treatment that they deserve. The World Trade Center Health Program medical card simplifies the process of getting care for your 9/11 related cancer. With prior authorization from the World Trade Center Health Program, all you need to do is just present your card to the treating doctor that was approved by the WTCHP.

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill To Re-open Registration For 9/11 Disability Pension And Workers’ Compensation Claims

December 6, 2013

By on 9/11 WTC Pensions

Those who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002, are now eligible to preserve their right to file future workers’ compensation claims and ¾ disability pensions should they become sick with a qualifying 9/11 related condition. Claimants must submit a WTC-12 Registration of Participation form no later than the deadline date of September 11, 2014.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Releases 2nd Annual Status Report

November 27, 2013

By on First Responders

VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum recently published an annual report on the overall performance of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund over the past year. The report included a summary of key second year activities as well as the status of filed claims statistics and administrative costs.Over the past year, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had made much progress by partnering with advocates and and elected officials in reaching out to the 9/11 community about the October 3, 2013 registration deadline.

Denial Of 9/11 Disability Pensions Overturned: Recent Victory For Two First Responders

November 18, 2013

By on 9/11 WTC Pensions

Under the World Trade Center Presumptive Law, an applicant who is a permanently disabled 9/11 First Responder is entitled to a 3/4 pension because it is to be assumed the qualifying illness was related to exposure from World Trade Center toxins and debris. This does not apply if medical records show that an applicant had the qualifying illness prior to September 11, 2001.

Toxic Particles Inhaled At Ground Zero Linked To Early Signs Of Kidney Damage In 9/11 First Responders

November 14, 2013

By on 9/11 and Kidney Disease

If kidneys are not functioning properly then albumin can leak into the urine and can cause what’s known as albuminuria. Persistent albuminuria may indicate the onset of kidney disease. The World Trade Center Health Program is still collecting information and data about First Responders and the relationship between Ground Zero exposure time and kidney damage. It is too early to understand the long term effects.

Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Makes First Payouts For Cancer

October 23, 2013

By on 9/11 Cancers

There are over 1,000 Claimants waiting for their cancer claims to be reviewed and deemed eligible for an award by the VCF. Once an award decision has been made by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Claimants will initially receive 10% of their award and the rest is expected to be paid out in 2016.

Overall, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been allotted $2.775 billion for Claimants’ compensation of their cancer and other 9/11 related illnesses. According to VCF program statistics that were published on September 16th, there have been 78 claims that have been rendered compensation decisions for 9/11 related illnesses and over 2,000 under review.