Posted Dec 30, 2010 by Daniel J. Hansen on What medical benefits and monitoring are provided?
The Zadroga Act statute goes into great detail on what medical benefits are provided to whom and where. However, the following text from the final bill gives a general overview of the World Trade Center Health Program and the medical benefits available:
SEC. 3301. ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM.
‘(a) In General- There is hereby established within the Department of Health and Human Services a program to be known as the World Trade Center Health Program, which shall be administered by the WTC Program Administrator, to provide beginning on July 1, 2011–
‘(1) medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible emergency responders and recovery and cleanup workers (including those who are Federal employees) who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and
‘(2) initial health evaluation, monitoring, and treatment benefits to residents and other building occupants and area workers in New York City who were directly impacted and adversely affected by such attacks.
‘(b) Components of Program- The WTC Program includes the following components:
‘(1) MEDICAL MONITORING FOR RESPONDERS- Medical monitoring under section 3311, including clinical examinations and long-term health monitoring and analysis for enrolled WTC responders who were likely to have been exposed to airborne toxins that were released, or to other hazards, as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
‘(2) INITIAL HEALTH EVALUATION FOR SURVIVORS- An initial health evaluation under section 3321, including an evaluation to determine eligibility for followup monitoring and treatment.
‘(3) FOLLOWUP MONITORING AND TREATMENT FOR WTC-RELATED HEALTH CONDITIONS FOR RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS- Provision under sections 3312, 3322, and 3323 of followup monitoring and treatment and payment, subject to the provisions of subsection (d), for all medically necessary health and mental health care expenses of an individual with respect to a WTC-related health condition (including necessary prescription drugs).
‘(4) OUTREACH- Establishment under section 3303 of an education and outreach program to potentially eligible individuals concerning the benefits under this title.
‘(5) CLINICAL DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS- Collection and analysis under section 3304 of health and mental health data relating to individuals receiving monitoring or treatment benefits in a uniform manner in collaboration with the collection of epidemiological data under section 3342.
‘(6) RESEARCH ON HEALTH CONDITIONS- Establishment under subtitle C of a research program on health conditions resulting from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
‘(c) No Cost Sharing- Monitoring and treatment benefits and initial health evaluation benefits are provided under subtitle B without any deductibles, copayments, or other cost sharing to an enrolled WTC responder or certified-eligible WTC survivor. Initial health evaluation benefits are provided under subtitle B without any deductibles, copayments, or other cost sharing to a screening-eligible WTC survivor.