The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) marked its second anniversary this month under the Zadroga Act. Over 64,000 participants are receiving free health care for 9/11 related illnesses such as lung disease, sleep apnea, COPD and other ailments linked to 9/11 toxin exposure.
As of October, 2012, the WTCHP added 60 different cancers that are now covered for treatment. These cancers were also approved as a covered illness in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Just last week a proposed rule was put in place to inclue prostate cancer. It is anticipated that prostate cancer will be approved as a covered illness under the WTCHP by the end of this summer. It is also expected that the VCF will most likely follow suit.
Over the past 2 years, the WTCHP has made many positive changes within the program and has evolved to meet the needs of members. Recently, the WTCHP added medical monitoring and treatment for those who responded, volunteered and performed clean-up and recovery efforts in the attacks at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and the airplane crash in Shanksville, PA.
If you live outside of the NYC Metro Area, you can still get the care you need. There is a nationwide provider network that can refer you to a World Trade Center Health Program doctor in your area.The WTHP has partnered with many other advocate groups in a campaign to reach as many people as possible who were exposed to 9/11 toxins and debris. The goal of the outreach program is to ensure that every single eligible person will be able to receive the free health care they deserve.
If you are not enrolled in the WTCHP, but you are treating with other doctors for your 9/11 related illnesses, you can still participate in the WTCHP. Becoming a member of the WTCHP is an important step to take especially if you are applying to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The World Trade Center Health Program doctors are supportive and specialize in 9/11 related illnesses. This can be a benefit to your case.
For more information about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and how you can get free health care and compensation under the Zadroga Bill, feel free to call, click the chat button or request to be contacted at the top of this page.
Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.