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You took care of NYC on 9/11…now take care of yourself.
• acid reflux (or heartburn),
• chronic laryngitis,
• sleep apnea,
• reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), or
• depression or trouble sleeping
These conditions, among others, may qualify you for medical monitoring and treatment through the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program.
Established by the James Zadroga Act of 2010, the WTC Health Program provides healthcare for 9/11 workers and volunteers, as well as residents, students, workers, and passersby who may be sick from 9/11. The program operates seven clinics in the New York metropolitan area and also manages a Nationwide Provider Network, which connects individuals with program-affiliated doctors throughout the country.
Groups eligible for treatment and monitoring include: FDNY responders, general responders, NYC survivors, and Pentagon/Shanksville responders. You will need to provide certain information for the application to certify your presence in the area on 9/11 or the following months. Possible examples of documentation are:
If you’re deemed eligible for the program, you can then receive a comprehensive medical evaluation at one of the clinical centers.
Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund Claims
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is a federal program that provides financial compensation to those who were physically injured or made ill as a result of the 9/11 attacks and for relatives of those who died due to the attacks. As of October 4, 2013, only individuals who were diagnosed with 9/11-related conditions after October 4, 2011 can apply to make a claim. Individuals have two years from the date of diagnosis to register with the VCF. The fund will be open through October 3, 2016. Claimants who have registered for the fund can fill out an online eligibility form that will be used to determine their eligibility for compensation through the VCF. If found eligible, claimants will be invited to complete the compensation form, which will be used to determine the amount of compensation they are owed. Claimants are encouraged to use the online system, although paper forms are available. For more information, go to www.vcf.gov/ or call 1-855-885-1555.
NYCERS – WTC Disability Law
Members who were 9/11 Responders should file a Notice of Participation with NYCERS to preserve their right to file for disability under the WTC Disability Law should they become disabled as a result of a “qualifying Word Trade Center condition.” For eligibility requirements and registration inquiries, contact NYCERS at (347) 643-3000. To fill out the Notice of Participation form, click here. Note: Please disregard the dates on this form. Members have until September 11, 2015 to file.