How to Apply
There are 3 steps to apply to the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. Follow these steps to ensure you have a complete application.
If you need help at any point in the process, you can contact us by phone or email, get help from one of our outreach partners, or contact your union. If you were previously enrolled, but unsure about your current member status, call our call center at 1-888-982-4748.
The WTC Health Program is a separate program from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The information requested by the VCF may differ than what is needed for a WTC Health Program application. Please ensure that you provide all of the information necessary for the WTC Health Program on your application to avoid delays.
Learn how to designate someone to officially represent you for WTC Health Program matters like submitting an application on the Designated Representative page.
Step 1: See if you are eligible
The WTC Health Program serves four groups of people affected by the 9/11 attacks:
- FDNY Responders,
- WTC General Responders,
- WTC Survivors (lived, worked, or went to school in NYC Disaster Area), and
- Pentagon/Shanksville Responders
Eligibility criteria for these groups are defined by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, and described on our Eligible Groups page.
Review the eligible groups criteria. Determine if you belong to one of the four groups and ensure you satisfy the activity, location, time period, and hours requirements for your group.
Step 2: Review what documentation you’ll need
You must include supporting documentation that details the activity, location, time period, and hours requirements for your group. Each eligible group has different requirements and types of supporting documentation that can be submitted.
Read the supporting documentation requirements. Incomplete or insufficient supporting documentation is the top reason for application processing delays. The WTC Health Program cannot process your application for enrollment without the proper required supporting documentation.
Step 3: Apply
Once you’ve determined your eligibility and gathered your documentation, the next step is to apply. You can apply online or submit a paper application by mail or fax. The paper application is also available in Español, Polski, and 中文.
Please note: The WTC Health Program enrollment time period/hour requirements are different than condition certification requirements. Each health condition has separate requirements for certification. Learn more about the condition certification process .