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World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (WTC-STAC)

Statement from WTC Program Administrator John Howard, M.D.

WTC Final Rule Statement

On March 28th, 2013, the World Trade Center Health Program published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule on the eligibility criteria for responders to receive care and treatment following the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. This action marks a major step in opening enrollment and membership in the World Trade Center Health Program to this new group of responders.

This Interim Final Rule will go into effect on May 1st, 2013. During the preceding 30-day comment period, members of the public have the opportunity to submit comments, opinions, and recommendations prior to this date. To view the Interim Final Rule and instructions for public comment:

Frequently Asked Questions: Pentagon and Shanksville Responders

Who is affected by this rule?

Have Pentagon and Shanksville responders been able to enroll in the program before now?

Can I continue to see my personal physician for non-related WTC conditions while I am being treated by the program?

Does the program also cover treatment for mental health problems?

Which diagnostic and treatment services are available?

Does the program cost me anything?

Does the interim final rule allow me to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund for and collect compensation for injuries or illnesses as a Pentagon or Shanksville responder?

Is this rule final?

When will the Interim Final Rule go into effect?


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