Eligible Groups

The following groups are eligible for enrollment into the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program if the individual meets all four requirements: activity, location, time period, and hours. Enrollment in the WTC Health Program does not guarantee certification and covered treatment for health conditions. Each health condition has individual certification requirements that must be met before treatment is covered.

Eligible Groups

Fire Department - City of New York
Active or retired FDNY responders
Active or retired member of the FDNY (includes firefighters and emergency personnel)
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Rescue and recovery effort Former WTC sites:
  • Ground Zero, or
  • Staten Island Landfill, or
  • NYC Chief Medical Examiner’s Office
September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 4 hours
Surviving FDNY Family Member
Requirements
A surviving immediate family member of an individual of the Fire Department of New York City (whether fire or emergency personnel, active or retired) who was killed at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, is eligible for mental health treatment if the family member received any treatment for a WTC-related mental health condition on or before September 1, 2008.
NYC General Responders
Rescue, recovery, clean-up, and related support workers ∙ NYPD
A rescue, recovery, clean-up or related support services worker on or after 9/11.
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Worked or volunteered onsite in rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, or related support services

May fulfill time period and hour requirements at any of the following locations:

  • Lower Manhattan (south of Canal Street), or
  • the Staten Island Landfill, or
  • Certain Barge Loading Piers
September 11, 2001 to September 14, 2001 4 hours
September 11, 2001 to September 30, 2001 24 hours
September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 80 hours
Active or retired member of the NYC Police Department or an active or retired member of the Port Authority Police of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Participated in rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, or related support services Lower Manhattan (south of Canal Street) including Ground Zero, the Staten Island Landfill, or certain barge loading piers, or September 11, 2001 to September 14, 2001 4 hours
Onsite at Ground Zero, the Staten Island Landfill, or certain barge loading piers, or September 11, 2001, to July 31, 2002 4 hours
Lower Manhattan (south of Canal Street), or September 11, 2001 to September 30, 2001 24 hours
Lower Manhattan (south of Canal Street) September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 80 hours
Employee of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of NYC or other morgue worker who performed similar post-September 11 functions for such Office staff
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Involved in the examination and handling of human remains or dust covered body bags from the WTC attacks A location of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of NYC or the morgue at Bellevue Hospital September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 4 hours
Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation Tunnel worker
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation Tunnel worker Port Authority Trans-Hudson Tunnel February 1, 2002 to July 1, 2002 24 hours
Vehicle-maintenance worker
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Exposed to debris from the former WTC while retrieving, driving, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining vehicles contaminated by airborne toxins Not Applicable September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 4 hours
NYC Survivors
Lived, worked, or went to school, daycare or adult daycare in the NYC Disaster Area on or after 9/11 ∙ Present in the dust cloud
Those who lived, worked, went to school, or attended child or adult day care in the NYC Disaster Area on 9/11 or in the days, weeks, or months after. Also those who were present in the dust or dust cloud on 9/11. See a map of the NYC Disaster area here.
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Present in the dust or dust cloud NYC Disaster Area September 11, 2001 Not Applicable
Worked, lived, attended school, child care, or adult day care NYC Disaster Area September 11, 2001 to January 10, 2002 4 days - 1 day must equal at least 4 hours
September 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002 30 days
Worked as a cleanup worker or performed maintenance with extensive exposure to WTC dust, but activities do not meet general responder criteria NYC Disaster Area September 11, 2001 to January 10, 2002 4 hours
Deemed eligible to receive a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Residential Grant Program, who had a lease for a residence or bought a residence in the New York City disaster area, and who lived in that residence NYC Disaster Area September 11, 2001 to May 31, 2003 Resided during the time frame
A person whose place of employment:
  • Was located in the New York City disaster area; and
  • Was deemed eligible to receive a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation WTC Small Firms Attraction and Retention Act program or other government incentive program designed to revitalize the lower Manhattan economy after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
NYC Disaster Area September 11, 2001, and ending on May 31, 2003 Located in NYC Disaster Area during time frame
Pentagon/Shanksville Responders
Rescue, recovery, clean-up, and related support workers at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA
Active or retired member of a fire or police department (fire or emergency personnel), worked for a recovery or cleanup contractor, or was a volunteer at the Pentagon site in Arlington, Virginia
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Performed rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or other related services Pentagon Site September 11, 2001 to November 19, 2001 4 hours
Active or retired member of a fire or police department (fire or emergency personnel), worked for a recovery or cleanup contractor, or was a volunteer at the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Activity Location Time Period Hour Requirements
Performed rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or other related services Shanksville, PA site September, 11, 2001 to October 3, 2001 4 hours

Do you meet the eligibility requirements of one of these groups? If so, continue to learn more about Required Supporting Documentation needed to complete your application.

If you are unsure which group you qualify for, please contact us.


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