September 11th Health Programs Explainedxt


Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Population: Rescue and recovery workers who served at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or in Shanskville, PA. Survivors who lived, worked, or went to school near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

What does this program do? This Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for conditions caused, contributed to, or aggravated by the September 11th terrorist attacks. This is a national Program, which was created by the passage of the Zadroga Act in 2011. It replaced the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program.

Can I still enroll? Yes, you can enroll in the new WTC Health Program. If you live in the NYC area, you will be seen at one of the Centers of Excellence. If you live outside the NYC area, you can get a referral for a provider near your home through the Nationwide Provider Network. There is no enrollment deadline for the WTC Health Program.

Contact: Call the WTC Health Program at 888-982-4748 or email WTC@cdc.gov

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/wtc




Organization: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City

Population: Rescue and recovery workers; later expanded to include WTC survivors and people who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan.

What does this program do? This program began providing medical screenings and treatment for WTC-exposed workers shortly after September 11th at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. With the passage of the Zadroga Act in 2011, the Mount Sinai WTC program has been replaced by the WTC Health Program.

Can I still enroll? If you enrolled in the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program between 2001-2011, you are automatically enrolled in the new WTC Health Program when it was created in 2011. If you were not previously enrolled, you may now directly apply to the WTC Health Program.

Contact: Call the WTC Health Program at 888-982-4748 or email WTC@cdc.gov

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/wtc




Organization: Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Bureau of Health Services (BHS)

Population: Active and retired FDNY members

What does this program do? FDNY Bureau of Health Services began providing medical treatment for FDNY members after 9/11. The program is now a Clinical Center of Excellence of the WTC Health Program and provides medical screening and treatment services for active and retired FDNY members. There are several FDNY Clinics throughout the NYC area.

Can I still enroll? Yes, enrollment is open through the WTC Health Program. All active FDNY fire and EMS members receive WTC medical monitoring as part of their annual BHS physical. Retired FDNY members can enroll for the program by submitting the WTC Health Program FDNY Responder Application (PDF). There is currently no enrollment deadline.

Contact: Call the FDNY Bureau of Health Services at 718-999-1858

Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/bhs/wtcmm/index.shtml




Organization: New York City Department of Health

Population: First responders, recovery workers, volunteers, WTC building evacuees, and people who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan.

What does this program do? The WTC Health Registry is designed to monitor the long term health effects of people who were directly exposed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Registry enrollees receive a health survey every two to three years to track trends in physical and mental health over time.

Can I still enroll? No; enrollment for the Registry ended in 2004.

Contact: If you have any questions about your enrollment status in the WTC Health Registry, call 866-692-9827 or email wtchr@health.nyc.gov

Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/wtc/html/registry/registry.shtml




Organization: United States Department of Justice

Population: WTC workers who are diagnosed with a WTC-related illness or injury; or families of WTC workers who have died from a WTC-related health condition.

What does this program do? The Victim Compensation Fund provides financial compensation for those who suffered physical harm as a result of their work at the WTC site; and to families of deceased WTC workers. “Physical harm” is defined as any of the WTC-related health conditions covered by the Zadroga Act, including certain cancers.

Can I still enroll? Yes, enrollment is currently open. To meet the filing deadline, you must submit your registration form within two years of when you first knew or should have known that you were injured as a result of September 11th. For workers who knew of their injuries or illnesses before October 2, 2011, the deadline for registering is October 3, 2013. The Victim Compensation Fund will remain open until October 3, 2016.

Contact: Call the Victim Compensation Fund at 855-885-1555 (If you are outside the U.S., call 202-353-0356).

Website: http://www.vcf.gov/index.html