Americans are not known for staying put. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11.5 percent of the U.S. population – or 35.7 million Americans – moved between 2013 and 2014 alone. People may move for a new job, to be closer to family, or to retire somewhere warmer, among other reasons. But if you live in the New York City area and are receiving treatment under the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) for cancer or other 9/11-related conditions, you may be concerned that you may lose that treatment if you move far away. Luckily, the WTCHP has a network of health care providers available throughout the country to treat first responders, recovery workers, and other victims of the September 11th attacks.
As a preliminary matter, if you have been diagnosed with cancer or another condition 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 monitoring and treatment. You can apply by calling 1-888-982-4748 or we invite you to call the 9/11 attorneys at Turley Hansen to assist you.
Once you become a WTCHP member, you can begin receiving treatment through the program. However, you can only receive cost-free treatment at hospitals and other health care providers designated by the WTCHP.
For those in the New York metropolitan area with 9/11-related illnesses, you can get cancer treatment and care at one of seven Clinical Centers of Excellence, 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 live or move outside of New York, treatment can be obtained through the WTCHP’s Nationwide Provider Network (NPN). Treatment is available through the NPN for World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania (Flight 93) first responders as well as WTC survivors.
The NPN helps WTCHP members find providers close to where you live so that you do not have to travel to the New York area to start or continue your treatment. If you have already enrolled in the WTCHP and have been determined to be eligible for treatment and monitoring services, you do not need to reapply if you wish to continue your treatment with a NPN provider.
Additionally, if you are currently a patient at one of the Clinical Centers of Excellence in the New York metropolitan area, you have the option to continue your treatment there, but you will be responsible for your own travel expenses.
You can call 1-888-982-4748 to find a NPN provider near you, or you can reach out to the 9/11 lawyers at Turley Hansen & Partners who can assist you with the process of applying for and receiving 9/11 victim compensation and treatment.
Turley Hansen & Partners, one of the country’s top 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law firms, has recovered over $75 million in 9/11 victim compensation for over 1200 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.