The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program was created to help those whose health has been directly impacted by the September 11th terrorists attacks that took place in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA. Administered by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WTC Health Program provides annual screenings and care through seven clinics in the New York and New Jersey region, and through a network of providers nationwide.
Serving the responders who worked at the World Trade Center and other sites impacted by the terrorist attacks, eligible people include active and retired members of police and fire departments, emergency health care workers, contracted cleanup workers who were stationed at these sites, and volunteers who participated in cleanup efforts. People exposed to the dust cloud that enveloped the area in the aftermath of the attack can also apply for benefits.
Tens of thousands of people participate in the WTC Health Program, receiving mental and physical health evaluations, doctor care, surgery, prescription drugs, and more. Cancers and respiratory ailments are just two of the complications those exposed to particulate dust on 9/11 are now contending with.
For more information on the WTC Health Program, call 1-888-982-4748, or email WTC@CDC.gov. If you or a loved one are living with a condition that may be related to exposure to 9/11 sites, help may be available to you.