If I Have a 9/11-Related Cancer, Can I Continue to See My Own Doctor?

By Hansen & Rosasco

Being diagnosed with cancer is just the start of a long and often difficult treatment journey. The relationship between a cancer patient and their doctor is at the center of that journey. As such, it is understandable that many individuals suffering from a 9/11-related cancer would want to continue to see their own physician. If you are one of the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer arising from your presence at or near Ground Zero, you can continue to see your own doctor. However, whether the costs of your treatment will be covered by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) will depend on whether your physician is affiliated with the program.

Enroll in the WTCHP as Soon as Possible

As a preliminary matter, if you have been diagnosed with cancer that you believe is related to 9/11 and you haven’t already enrolled in the WTCHP, you should do so immediately. Enrolling in the WTCHP is the first step towards receiving no-cost treatment for cancers covered by the Zadroga Act. You can apply by calling 1-888-982-4748 or we invite you to call the 9/11 cancer compensation attorneys at Turley Hansen to assist you.

Once you become a WTCHP member, your cancer must then be certified by the WTC Program Administrator as a covered cancer on the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. At that point, you can begin receiving treatment through the program.

And that is the key: your cancer treatment needs to be through the WTC Health Program if you want the costs to be covered by the program. If your current doctor is affiliated with the program, you can continue seeing him or her. If your doctor is not affiliated, it is possible that they may become affiliated and they should contact your Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) in order to begin that process. If you do not know which CCE you are with, you should contact the WTCHP call center at 1-888-982-4748.

For those in the New York metropolitan area with 9/11-related cancer, you can get cancer treatment and care at one of seven CCEs, many of which have clinics at multiple locations throughout New York and New Jersey. For example, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the WTCHP.

For those outside of New York, treatment can be obtained through the WTCHP’s Nationwide Provider Network. You call 1-888-982-4748 to find a provider near you.

Just as your physician or other healthcare providers need to be affiliated with the WTC Health Program in order for you to receive reimbursement for treatment costs, any prescriptions you are given for your 9/11-related cancer by your approved provider must be filled by a pharmacy that participates in the WTCHP.

Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, one of the country’s top 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law firms, has recovered over $100 million in 9/11 victim compensation for over 1600 clients, including hundreds of cancer patients and their families. We are the only law firm in the country that focuses exclusively on representing victims and first responders for their 9/11 related cancers, illnesses and injuries. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule your free claim review today.

Posted under: Cancers Covered by the Zadroga Act
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