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Recently the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) began issuing membership cards to those enrolled in the program. In addition, patients that have received certification for cancer conditions will also be issued a medical care card. The WTCHP works diligently to ensure that 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. Enrollment continues to grow each day and over 65,000 members are getting the free health care and treatment that they deserve.

The WTCHP medical care card simplifies the process of getting treatment for your 9/11 related cancer. With prior authorization from the World Trade Center Health Program, all you need to do is present your card to the authorized treating doctor.

The following are some of the benefits offered by the WTCHP for patients with cancer and other 9/11 related illnesses:

Free Health Care:  If you are suffering from a 9/11 related cancer or other covered condition, you are entitled to receive free health care under the WTCHP. For a full list of 9/11 related illnesses covered under the program click here.

Yearly Medical Monitoring: The WTCHP provides health evaluations and treatment for enrolled members. Whether or not you have become ill with a 9/11 related disease, you will get free health monitoring annually. You can still enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program if you haven’t already done so. Should you be diagnosed with any covered illness, you will get care from doctors that specialize in 9/11 related conditions. This is not only a benefit in the care of your 9/11 related cancer and other illnesses, but it is helpful in your 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim as well.

Education and Research: With member permission, the WTCHP will collect and analyze data to aid in the understanding of conditions that are related to the exposure of 9/11 toxins and debris. This will help to ensure that the best care and treatment is given to patients throughout the duration of the program. The WTCHP website has many resources for information on how the program works and what it can do for you.

Please note that the World Trade Center Health Program is scheduled to close in 2016. It is uncertain whether or not funding will be available in the future to extend the program. There may be other benefits you are entitled to such as workers’ compensation and 3/4 disability pensions that can help with future medical care and costs. Please contact Turley, Hansen & Partners for information on what you can do.

Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.