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World Trade Center Health Program

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If you are enrolled in the
WTC Health Program:

Letter to DC 37 Retirees about the WTC Health Program (PDF format*)

WTC Health Program Nationwide Provider Network (PDF format*)

World Trade Center Health Program radio ads/PSAs:

World Trade Center Health Program Brochure (PDF*)

AFSCME Blog: Help is Available

WWRL Radio: WTC Health Program on "Labor Lines" show

PEP July-Aug. 2013: Free medical care for 9/11 workers

911 Health Watch: More resources on WTC-related care

 
 
DC 37 Can Help

Questions? Need more info? This is a very important program, but can be a challenge to navigate on your own. District Council 37 can help. For information about World Trade Center Health Program please contact the DC 37 Safety and Health Department at (212) 815-1685.

 
 
HOW TO APPLY


To determine your eligibility and start the application process, please click here to be linked directly to the WTC Health Program’s website. You can also call 1-888-WTC-HP4U (1-888-982-4748) to request an application.

 
 
Attention

Here are the types of questions you should be prepared to answer when filling out your application:

  • What were the specific dates when you were present in the WTC disaster area?
  • What are the number of hours when you were potentially exposed to 9/11-related toxins (as a worker, volunteer, or resident of the area)?
  • If you are a survivor, are you experiencing a health condition that you believe is directly related to 9/11 exposure?
 
 
WTC Health Program PSA with
Sen. Schumer
 
 

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
shares information about the World Trade Center Health Program, who is eligible
and how to apply.

For WTCHP PSA featuring
Congress member Carolyn Maloney
(NY-12), click here.


 
   

You took care of NYC on 9/11…now take care of yourself.

Were you there on 9/11 or in the days and months that followed? Did you live or work in the WTC disaster area? Are you concerned about your current or future health that may be related to 9/11 exposure? You deserve quality care, treatment, and information regarding your health. DC 37 is here to support you as you manage your healthcare needs.

Have you been experiencing problems such as:

• asthma,
• acid reflux (or heartburn),
• anxiety,
• chronic laryngitis,
• sleep apnea,
• reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), or
• PTSD
• 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:
  • timesheets from your employer showing days worked at WTC site
  • the location of your home, school, or workplace in the disaster area (lease, contract, utility bill, report card, etc.)
  • a letter commending you for your volunteer service at ground zero
  • personal photos showing your presence at ground zero
  • training records
  • ID tags from the given time period
  • attestations from former coworkers, neighbors, or friends confirming that you were in the disaster area during the specific time period

If you’re deemed eligible for the program, you can then receive a comprehensive medical evaluation at one of the clinical centers.
These exams generally last for four hours. NYC employees may qualify for four hours of paid time for their visit clinic visit. After this visit, WTC Health Program doctors will determine if you require ongoing treatment. If you are a responder, they will also determine if you need to return once a year for monitoring appointments.

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.



 

 

 
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