The National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) and the Inner City Fund (ICF International) have 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 free World Trade Center Health Program
benefits. This includes those of you who came from all 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.
What Is It?
The WTC Health Program provides FREE medical monitoring and treatment for responders, survivors, residents, and students who worked, volunteered, lived, or
attended school at or near the WTC and related sites in NYC, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9-11. Those now living outside the NYC area have access to a
nationwide network of providers. Benefits include:
- Annual medical examinations
- Treatment services for approved health conditions that cause problems like:
- 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
- Medications for WTC-related health conditions
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 contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications can be
faxed to +1.877.646.5308 or mailed to:
World Trade Center Health Program
P.O. Box 7000
Rensselaer, NY 12144
It’s been over 11 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 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
NDIN and ICF 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.