WTC Health Program: Appeals Process

Overview of the Appeal Process For Denial of Health Condition Certification or Decertification of a Health Condition.

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The Overview of the Appeal Process for Denial of Health Condition Certification or Decertification of a Health Condition provides World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program members with a brief summary of the appeal process; timelines for the appeal process; information about the option to make an oral statement during the appeal review; and Frequently Asked Questions about the appeal process.

If you need help in understanding the appeal process, call:

WTC Health Program Call Center
1.888.982.4748
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)

The Call Center will refer you to the appeal coordinator who can explain the appeal process and answer any questions you may have.

Brief Summary of Appeal Process for Denial of Health Condition Certification or Decertification of a Health Condition.

Members of the WTC Health Program who have been denied certification of a health condition have the right to appeal the following four types of decisions:

  • Denial of certification of a health condition as a WTC-related health condition; Denial of certification of a health condition as a health condition medically associated with a WTC-related health condition;
  • Decertification of a WTC-related health condition; or
  • Decertification of a health condition medically associated with a WTC-related health condition.

To appeal one of the above decisions, you must send a written and signed request to the WTC Health Program within 120 calendar days from the date on the top of the denial or decertification letter. The request may be mailed or scanned and transmitted electronically to the Program.

The written request must:

  • Identify the member appealing the decision;
  • Describe the decision being appealed and state the reason(s) why you believ the decision is incorrect and should be reversed. The appeal request may include scientific or medical information containing factual errors, information demonstrating that the WTC Health Program did not correctly follow WTC Health Program policies and procedures, any information demonstrating that the WTC Health Program decision was not reasonable, and/or relevant new information not previously considered by the WTC Health Program; and
  • Be sent to the WTC Health Program at the address specified in the notice of denial or disenrollment.

The written letter can also include:

  • A request to make an oral statement
  • A request to designate a representative

After the Program receives a valid appeal, the Administrator will appoint a Federal Official independent of the WTC Health Program to review the case. The Federal Official will review all available records and assess whether the appeal should be granted, as promptly as possible. After the review is completed, the Federal Official’s recommendation on the appeal will be sent to the Administrator.

The Administrator will review the Federal Official’s recommendation and any relevant information and make a final decision on the appeal. The Administrator will notify the WTC Health Program member and/or designated representative in writing of the decision and any administrative actions taken in response to the final decision. If your appeal is denied, no further consideration will be given to your appeal request by the Program and any further action would have to be pursued legally outside the administrative appeal process of the Program.

Making an Oral Statement. You can request the opportunity to make an oral statement to the Federal Official during the appeal review at the time you send your appeal request letter to the appeal coordinator. You can also request to make an oral statement within 14 calendar days of receiving the letter from the appeal coordinator notifying you that your appeal request was accepted. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about how to make an oral statement to the Federal official.

Using a Representative. You can designate a person to represent your interests during the appeal process. You can designate a representative by sending a letter to the appeals coordinator. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about how to designate a representative.

Appeal Process Timeline


Notification of Denial of Health Condition Certification or Decertification of a Health Condition
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Request an Appeal No more than 120 calendar days after the date of the denial of health condition certification or decertification letter If you want to appeal a denial of health condition certification or decertification, you must mail or submit an electronic copy of a written and signed letter to the WTC Health Program within 120 calendar days from the date of the denial or decertification letter.
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Notification of Whether Appeal Request is Accepted After Appeal Request has been Received and Validated The appeal coordinator will notify you by letter within 14 calendar days of receiving your appeal request to let you know whether or not your appeal request was accepted for review.
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Request to Make an Oral Statement [Optional] At time of your request or within 14 Calendar Days After Receiving Appeal Review Acceptance Letter You can request an opportunity to make an oral statement to the Federal Official in your appeal request letter or within 14 calendar days after receiving a letter notifying you of acceptance of your appeal and providing the name of the Federal official who will review your appeal.
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Oral Statement Scheduled [Optional] Within 60 Days After Receiving Appeal Review Acceptance Letter You will have 15 uninterrupted minutes to make your statement. After making your statement, the Federal Official may ask you questions for no more than 45 minutes. The maximum commitment of time is 1 hour.
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Transcript Review [Optional] Within 14 Calendar Days of Receiving Transcript of Oral Statement Within 14 calendar days from the date of the appeal coordinator’s letter accompanying the transcript, you must review and return the transcript of the oral statement with any corrections.
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Notification of Outcome of Appeal Review As Promptly as Possible after Administrator Receives Federal Official’s Recommendation After the Federal Official’s review is completed, the Federal Official‘s recommendation and any relevant information will be sent to the Administrator. The Administrator will make a final decision on the appeal and notify you of the final decision and any actions resulting from the decision.

Frequently Asked Questions


Several FAQs are provided on our FAQ page on what to do if you disagree with a decision made by the WTC Health Program.
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