To apply to the World Trade Center Health Program, you must fill out an Application Form and send it to the Program along with the required documentation. There are five steps to apply:
STEP 1- Figure out if you are eligible.
There are four eligibility categories. Pick the category that best describes what you did during the 9/11 disasters. A description of each category is below:
- FDNY Responder -a member of the Fire Department of New York City (whether fire or emergency personnel, active, or retired) who participated at least one day in the rescue and recovery effort at any of the former World Trade Center sites.
- General Responder -a worker or volunteer who provided rescue, recovery, demolition, debris removal, and related support services in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, but was not affiliated with the Fire Department of New York. View detailed description
- NYC Survivor - a person who was present in the New York City disaster area or in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as a result of their work; residence; or attendance at school, child care, or adult day care. View detailed description
- Pentagon/Shanksville, PA Responders - For emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and the Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, PA. View detailed description
STEP 2- Gather the documents you will need.
After determining your eligibility in Step 1, click below for examples of documents that may be useful for your application:
STEP 3- Application forms.
Select the form that describes what you
did during 9/11:
STEP 4- Fill out the form.
Follow the directions on the form. You can download the form and complete it electronically or you can print it and complete it manually. If you complete the form electronically, you will need to print the form and sign and date it before sending your application. If you have any questions, call us toll free at 1-888-982-4748 (1-888-WTC-HP4U).
STEP 5- Send the application form and photocopies of
your documents (or your report on why you couldn't get the
WTC Health Program
P.O. Box 7000
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Or you may send your application and copies of your documents
by fax to:
What happens next?
We will start processing your application as soon as we receive it. If we have questions, we will call, email, or write to you.
We will send you a letter by postal mail telling you if you have been accepted. If you are not accepted, the letter will explain how you can appeal that decision.
If you have questions, call toll-free, 1-888-982-4748 (1-888-WTC-HP4U) or e-mail us at
If you have questions about the application process or about your individual application, please contact us at 1-888-982-4748 (1-888-WTC-HP4U) or by email at WTC@cdc.gov.