About the Program

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is a limited federal health program administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is authorized through 2090. The Program provides no-cost medical monitoring and treatment for certified WTC-related health conditions to those directly affected by the 9/11 attacks in New York, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Program also funds medical research into physical and mental health conditions related to 9/11 exposures.

Who We Serve

The WTC Health Program is dedicated to helping those who were there during and after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Program provides services to the following categories of individuals when the individual meets activity, location, time period, and minimum hour requirements.

WTC Responders

Workers or volunteers who provided rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, and related support services on or in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks for certain amounts of time during the period between September 11, 2001, and July 31, 2002.

There are three types of responders: FDNY Responders, WTC General Responders (including NYPD), and Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, Responders.

WTC Survivors

Individuals who were present in the New York City (NYC) Disaster Area in the dust or dust cloud on September 11, 2001; who worked, resided, or attended school, childcare, or adult daycare in the NYC Disaster Area from September 11, 2001, to July 31, 2002; who were eligible for certain residential grants or whose place of employment was eligible for certain grants following the September 11, 2001, attacks.

What We Cover

The WTC Health Program pays for medically necessary treatment of certified conditions, as well any certified medically associated health condition(s), as long as the treatment is provided by a WTC Health Program affiliated provider or pharmacy. The member MUST have a certified or medically associated health condition(s) in order to be covered. To learn more about covered conditions, visit Covered Conditions.

Members can access services without having to pay any co-payments, deductibles, or other out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary treatment of certified WTC-related health conditions.

Where We Provide Care

The WTC Health Program provides care through multiple Clinical Centers of Excellence (CCE) and the Nationwide Provider Network (NPN).

Clinical Centers of Excellence

CCEs treat members in the NY metropolitan area. Responders, survivors, and FDNY have specific clinics.

Nationwide Provider Network

Care is provided in all US states and territories through the NPN. The NPN is a network of health care providers across the country under contract with the Program to provide care for members who live outside the NY metropolitan area.

Program Videos

Members of the WTC Health Center Health Program have important health needs and powerful stories of hope and healing. Visit our Program Videos page to see members share their stories of where they were and how they’ve been helped through the WTC Health Program.

For Health Care Providers: 9/11 Health Information

Could your patient be sick due to 9/11 exposures? Learn how best to help an exposed patient in the factsheet below.

9/11 Health Information for Health Care Providers [PDF, 212 KB, 2 pages, May 2021]