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How to Apply for the WTC Health Program

If you suspect you are suffering from a physical or mental condition because of exposure to the hazards resulting from the 9/11 attacks, you may be eligible for free healthcare under the World Trade Center Health Program. Even if you currently have no symptoms, you may be entitled to free long-term health monitoring and clinical examinations to assist with early detection and treatment of any conditions that develop. And you do not have to live in New York to get treatment; there is now a nationwide provider network available for care.

The Health Program, established under the 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, is available to disaster victims in these eligibility categories:

  • FDNY responders: Members of the New York City Fire Department who performed rescue and recovery at the World Trade Center site
  • Surviving family members of FDNY responders who died in the disaster (mental health assistance)
  • General responders: Non-FDNY responders who worked or volunteered in the rescue, recovery or cleanup following the attacks
  • NYC survivors: Those who lived, worked or attended school or daycare in the New York City disaster area
  • Pentagon/Shanksville PA responders: Emergency workers and volunteers who responded to the attacks on the Pentagon or the crash of Flight 93

Before you can get the help you deserve, however, you must follow specific steps to apply for the program:

  1. Determine whether you fall into one of the eligibility categories above.
  2. Assemble required documents such as timesheets or letters from your employer or union.
  3. Obtain an application form, which can be downloaded online in English, Spanish, Polish or Chinese.
  4. Complete the form and submit along with your documentation to WTC Health Program, P.O. Box 7000, Rensselaer, NY 12144.
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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

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