Where can you go for healthcare and monitoring if you are a WTC survivor and do not live in New York? More than 65,000 members were enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) as of December, 2013. Although most members reside in the New York City area, 6,479 members live elsewhere.
The Nationwide Provider Network is a program of the WTCHP for survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks who live outside the New York City metropolitan area. Although there are clinical centers in New York, you need not reside in this city or state to receive the medical benefits for which you are eligible.
The Nationwide Provider Network began accepting patients in October 2012. Assessment for a WTC-related condition is slightly different than evaluation at the Clinical Centers of Excellence in the metropolitan New York area.
When you contact the network, you can expect evaluation in three phases:
- Medical history — On the telephone, a network representative discusses your medical history with you.
- Testing — During the phone call to complete your medical history, an appointment for medical testing is scheduled with a provider in your area.
- Clinical evaluation — After your medical history and testing are complete, a clinical evaluation is scheduled.
Individuals already registered with the WTCHP do not need to re-enroll in the program. If you were present at Ground Zero or other WTC site and are suffering a related health condition, medical care and monitoring are important — wherever you live.
Contact the WTCHP if you have questions about the Nationwide Provider Network. If you have questions about your eligibility or a compensation claim with September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, speak with an experienced 9/11 attorney in New York City.