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World Trade Center Health Program

Voices of September 11th ((VOICES) has provided support services that promote resiliency in the lives of victims’ families as well as responders and survivors for nearly 17 years. VOICES has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) to provide outreach and education to those in the 9-11 community who may be eligible for no out-of-pocket World Trade Center Health Program benefits.

 

This includes RESPONDERS, those who responded on 9/11, worked in recovery, volunteered, worked in Chaplaincy efforts, at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, NYPD, PAPD and those who came fromall over the country and were in the designated disaster
areas working to support the local responders and participate in the extraordinary effort to provide rescue, recovery and clean up at each of the sites of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

 

Additionally, SURVIVORS, those who evacuated, lived, worked, went to school, day care or adult day care in the NYC disaster area (south of Houston and parts of Brooklyn) on 9/11 and the months that followed may also eligible for services.


What Is It?
The WTC Health Program provides medical and mental health treatment for 9/11 Survivors and Responders at no out-of-pocket costs. The program is funded through the federal government through 2090 by the Zadroga Act.

 

   RESPONDERS receive annual medical monitoring and treatment for all conditions certified to be caused    by their exposure on 9/11 and in the months that followed

 

   SURVIVORS receive an initial health screening and treatment for all covered conditions.

 

Services are provided at several Clinical Centers of Excellence throughout the tri-state area.

 

Both Survivors and Responders living outside of the NYC area are provided access to treatment through a nationwide network of providers (NPN).

 

Benefits include:

• Medical examinations

• Medications for WTC-related health conditions

• Treatment services for covered medical and mental health conditions, such as:
           - Trouble breathing with wheezing, like asthma
           - Being less able to do what you normally do without becoming short of breath
           - Frequent sinus problems or a constant cough
           - Frequent nose and throat irritation
           - Stress related illness, anxiety, and depression, sleep problems
           - Many Cancers


You may be eligible if you:

    • Worked or volunteered onsite in rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup or related support services in lower Manhattan (south of Canal St.), the Staten Island Landfill, or the barge loading piers

     

    • Took part in the rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or other related services after the terrorist-related air crashes on September 11, 2001, at the Pentagon in Arlington VA, or the passenger-jet crash site in Shanksville, PA

     

    If you think you may be eligible to apply for the WTC Health Program, please download the application in English or in Spanish.

     

    For questions or help completing an application, please call 855-709-0100 or visit www.voicesofseptember11.org

 

Completed applications can be mailed to:

WTCHP
Box 7000
Rensselaer, NY 12144

It’s been over 16 years and I don’t have health problems-why should I enroll?
Though the September 11th attacks were over a decade ago, many first responders and survivors continue to experience physical and mental health symptoms as a result of their experience. Some cancers, a chronic cough, difficulty sleeping, or frequent heartburn could be a WTC-related condition (although the term relates to the World Trade Center in New York City, the WTC Health Program identifies all covered conditions, including those that affect Pentagon or Shanksville responders, as "WTC-related"). Even if you are not experiencing any health problems and do not need mental health services as this time, it is important to enroll so that you will be covered.  Some health problems, including cancers, may not appear for 10 to 20 years or more after exposure. 


We need your help
VOICES, CDC, and NIOSH are reaching out to our networks in the Emergency Management, Health, Mental Health, Faith-based, and Voluntary Disaster Response sectors as well as recipients of the 9-11 Unmet Needs Roundtable to identify those who are eligible to apply for the WTC Health Program medical and mental health benefits. We are also working with our colleagues across the country to identify those 9-11 responders who also are eligible. 
If you, your coworkers, or someone you know are part of the 9-11 community, please contact us to discuss how we might provide outreach to those we identify as eligible.
Did You Know?
There are over 65,000 people enrolled in the Program. Over 6,000 are nationwide members outside of the NYC area.

MEMBER STORIES
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APPLICATIONS
English             Spanish

CONTACT
Email: wtchealthprogram@icfi.com
Phone: 1.888.982.4748
Program Website: www.cdc.gov/wtc/