Are You Eligible for the World Trade Center Health Program?

One of the workers who assisted with cleanup and recovery of the World Trade Center siteResponders involved in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup services including temporary workers, day laborers, construction and building trades workers, communication workers, state and city workers and survivors (area workers/residents/students/passersby) present in the NYC Disaster Area are eligible for the program.

Click here for an application or for more information or call the WTC Health Program directly at (888) 982-4748.

You can also call NYCOSH at (855) 4WTC-AID (855 498-2243) or email us at nycosh@nycosh.org if you have any questions.

 

Specialized 9/11 No-Cost Healthcare is Available

If you believe your health was impacted by the 9/11 disaster, you may be eligible for no-cost medical monitoring and treatment at the WTC Health Program. The WTC Health Program is a specialized no-cost healthcare program available throughout the country with Clinical Centers of Excellence located in the New York metro area. The program treats over a 100 different illnesses related to 9/11 including many upper respiratory conditions such as asthma and sleep apnea, mental health conditions such as depression, and PTSD, and over 50 types of cancer.

You can see the full list of eligible conditions here.

 

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is a federal program also established by the Zadroga Act to provide financial compensation to those who were physically injured or made ill as a result of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks and for relatives of those who died as a result of the attacks.

Who is eligible for the VCF?

Individuals are eligible if they were present at the 9/11 crash sites or in the NYC covered disaster area at the time of the crashes or between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and suffered physical harm as a direct result of the crashes or debris removal.

Those eligible for the VCF include rescue, recovery and clean-up workers as well as residents, workers, students and passers-by in the covered disaster area (Manhattan south of Canal Street from the Hudson River to East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River, the barge and landfill, and areas and routes related to debris removal).  Workers involved in contaminated vehicle repair and the OCME are also eligible.  There are deadlines attached to registration and filing a claim. In general, you must register with the VCF to reserve your right to file a claim later (but no later than December 18th, 2020) within two years of the date of the 9/11-related injury or illness diagnosis. Registration is not the same as filing a claim and does not commit you to file a claim even if you have registered.

If you are not sure of your eligibility or registration/filing deadlines, contact the VCF at 855-885-1555 or www.vcf.gov.

 

About NYCOSH’s Health for Heroes Outreach Campaign

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To mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NYCOSH’s) #health4heroes launched an outreach campaign that coordinated outreach and education efforts by partnering with labor and community organizations in order to ensure that more workers are fully informed about the services provided by the World Trade Center Health Program.

Presenting partner, the New York City Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO); and lead partner, the New York Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, kicked off the campaign with a New York City labor drive that reached hundreds of labor affiliates throughout the city.

The Health for Heroes campaign continues today as NYCOSH provides outreach and enrollment assistance to organizations and individual workers. NYCOSH has created an online toolkit to help our labor and community partners spread the word about this vital program.

Download our Partner Toolkit and Web Buttons:

Health For Heroes Campaign – Partner Toolkit

Download our Circle ButtonRectangle Button; or Square Button images for your webpage and link them to the World Trade Center Health Program at: http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/index.html