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2018

  • April 27 – Change in Pharmacy for Home Delivery Medications

    On April 25th, 2018, home delivery service (also known as mail order) for the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program changed to provider OptumRx for non-specialty medications and BriovaRx for specialty medications. Both are partner companies of Optum, the WTC Health Program pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).

    Members with existing home delivery medications were recently sent a letter by Optum with more information about the change.

    What do I need to do?

    You do not need to take any action at this time. Optum automatically transferred your current home delivery prescription(s) with refills from the former provider Walgreens to OptumRx and/or BriovaRx. There are no changes to your pharmacy benefit card.

    As always, your WTC-covered prescription(s) remain free of charge as long as it is prescribed or approved by your Clinical Centers of Excellence (CCE) physician. You may also continue to use your local pharmacy for WTC immediate and short-term medication (antibiotics, cough medicines, etc.) or for fill-in supplies of a WTC-covered maintenance medication.

    If you have questions about this change to your home delivery service, who you contact depends on your CCE:

    • FDNY WTC Health Program Member Services: 718-999-1858
    • Mount Sinai WTC Health Program Member Services: 888-702-0630
    • Northwell WTC Health Program Member Services: 718-267-2420
    • NYC WTC Health Program Member Services: 212-263-7335
    • Rutgers WTC Health Program Member Services: 848-445-0123, option 3
    • NYC Health & Hospitals System WTC Environmental Health Center, SUNY-Stony Brook, and National Provider Network (NPN)/LHI should contact Optum at 855-640-0005, option 2

    For more information on WTC Health Program Pharmacy Benefits, visit www.cdc.gov/wtc/pharmacy.html

  • April 25 – Remembering Dr. Lewis V. Wade

    Dr. Lewis V. Wade passed away earlier this week. We at the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program are saddened by his death. With the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Lew served as a Senior Advisor to guide, develop, and implement NIOSH’s responsibilities as the administrative body for the WTC Health Program. After his retirement from NIOSH in 2008, he continued to provide his wise counsel to NIOSH’s WTC Health Program and its staff.

    Dr. Wade was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 1967; a MS degree in Civil Engineering in 1968; and began his professional career with the Bureau of Mines in 1971, following the completion of his PhD in civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. During his 25 year tenure with the Bureau of Mines he worked on a variety of research including roof control and rock mechanics. He conducted the initial research investigations on design and performance of Longwall Mining Systems with a focus on shield supports for ground control. Lew held several managerial research positions, rising up through the ranks. He finished his career with the Bureau of Mines as the Research Director of the Twin Cities Research Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Associate Director for Research, in Washington, D.C., when the Bureau of Mines was disbanded in 1996. He then spent 5 years managing the Information Technology Systems for the Water Resources Division of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and was responsible for the USGS YUCCA Mountain project for the Department of Energy high level nuclear waste site effort. In 2000, he became the Associate Director, Office for Mine Safety and Health Research, for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He became the NIOSH Senior Science Advisor in 2004, and was instrumental in guiding NIOSH and its staff as it worked to create a new program established by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness and Compensation Act of 2000 and its Presidential Advisory Board for Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH). He became the Designated Federal Official for the ABRWH and the Technical Project Officer for the Board’s contract with Sanford Cohen & Associates for technical support. With the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Lew shifted his Senior Advisor focus to guide, develop and implement NIOSH’s new responsibilities as the administrative body for the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. After his retirement from NIOSH in 2008, he continued to provide his wise counsel to NIOSH’s WTC Health Program and its staff as a contract employee.

  • April 24, 2018Federal Register Notice: On January 5, 2018, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition (Petition 018) to add hypertension (high blood pressure) to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). Upon reviewing the scientific and medical literature, including information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that the available evidence does not have the potential to provide a basis for a decision on whether to add hypertension to the List. Learn more...
  • April 18, 2018Important Alert from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF):

    ALERT: The VCF is aware of calls being made by unknown persons claiming to be the VCF. These callers ask questions about the status of an individual’s VCF claim, state that the individual may be entitled to money, and/or ask for personal information in order to mail a claim package or file a claim on the individuals’ behalf.

    If you receive a call with questions about your VCF claim or your potential eligibility for compensation from someone that you suspect is not VCF staff, you should not provide any information to the caller. When possible, please note details about the call (date, time, caller ID if available, name of caller, questions asked, etc.) and report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

    Calls made by VCF staff follow a standard protocol for validating the claimant’s identity. Effective immediately, the VCF will never ask you for your full Social Security Number. If you are uncertain whether the caller is from the VCF, please end the call and contact the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555.

  • January 22, 2018Official Statement of WTC Health Program Operating Procedure During Government Shutdown

    The WTC Health Program is open and operating during the government shutdown. Questions about the Program can still be directed to 888-982-4748 or wtc@cdc.gov. For questions about your care, contact your CCE or NPN provider.

  • January 8, 2018Remembering Dr. James (Jim) Melius, M.D., Dr. PH.
    Chair, World Trade Center Responders Steering Committee

    Dr. Jim Melius passed away unexpectedly last week. We at the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program are saddened by his death. Dr. Melius was an early, prominent, and sustaining voice supporting those involved in the rescue, recovery, and clean up efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks. He championed the first medical monitoring and treatment programs and worked tirelessly to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which created the WTC Health Program, and worked even harder to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act in 2015.

    "The nation has lost a great worker health champion," said Dr. John Howard, Administrator of the WTC Health Program. "Dr. Melius dedicated his career to protecting workers from injury and illness. All of us who work in the WTC Health Program will miss Dr. Melius’ leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the responder and survivor members of the Program."

    A private funeral service is planned.

    A memorial for Dr. Melius will take place in the Stern Auditorium at Mount Sinai Medical Center at 11:00 a.m. on March 26, 2018. Mount Sinai Medical Center is located on Madison Avenue at E. 101st St. on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is also possible to enter the medical center from Fifth Avenue at E. 101st St.

2017

  • November 29, 2017 – Notice: Information for individuals who may be experiencing increased wait times for scheduling initial health evaluations. Learn more...
  • October 25, 2017VCF applicants: Important Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya and accompanying factsheet (Just the Facts) to clarify some common misconceptions about the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”), how it operates, who is eligible, how registration deadlines apply, how claims move through the system, and how compensation is determined.
  • October 23, 2017 – Thank you to all who participated in the WTC Health Program’s first ever Research to Care Community Engagement event! To view the morning session please visit the WTC Health Program’s Facebook Page. To earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credit please view the instructions and go to TCEO to take the post test.
  • October 21, 2017 – Join the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program for the first ever Research to Care Community Engagement event! This free, interactive, one-day event is a unique opportunity to hear about new developments in 9/11 health research and learn how to maintain good health.
  • October 17, 2017 Federal Register Notice: Seeking nominations for possible membership on the Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP). Nominations for membership on the WTCHP SEPs must be received no later than December 15, 2017. Learn more…
  • September 11, 2017Statement from the Administrator regarding the Day of Remembrance on the 16th year since the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • September 8, 2017 – WTC Health Program Administrator Dr. John Howard was part of a Facebook Live event with FealGood Foundation Outreach And Education Program and 9/11 Health.
  • July 13, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 16 and 17 - Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism Findings of Insufficient Evidence World Trade Center Health Program; Petitions 016 and 017—Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism
  • July 6, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: Revised VCF Private Physician Process Affecting Applicants for Membership in the World Trade Center Health Program.
    The VCF has updated the criteria for claimants to seek verification of their conditions through the Private Physician Process. On July 6, 2017, the VCF posted information on its website (https://www.vcf.gov/privatephysicianprocess-forms.html) regarding these changes. If you are a VCF claimant wanting to be certified for a health condition(s) by the WTC Health Program, information for applying to the Program can be found on our How to Apply to the Program page.
    • Once a member is enrolled in the Program, the member will then have to make an appointment with their Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) or the Nationwide Provider Network (NPN) to have a monitoring appointment (responders) or an initial evaluation (survivors).
    • The first appointment requires history-taking, medical testing, and physical examination. The initial appointment may sometimes require additional diagnostic testing to determine if the member has a condition on the list of 9/11-related health conditions covered by the Program and meets the Program’s requirements for coverage (certification) of a condition (visit our Administrative Manual to learn more.
    • If the member has a health condition covered by the WTC Health Program that their Program physician determines is related to the member’s 9/11 exposures, the CCE or NPN will submit a certification request to the Program. It will be reviewed and a decision will be made to approve or deny the certification request. Once a decision is made, the WTC Health Program will notify the member, in writing, of the decision.
  • July 1, 2017 – Statement marking the six-year anniversary of the WTC Health Program. The Program provides medical monitoring and treatment to eligible 9/11 responders and survivors. YouTube.
  • June 12, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee: Notice of Charter Renewal
    The charter for the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee has been renewed for a 2-year period through May 12, 2019.
  • May 11, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 015 - Neuropathy; Finding of Insufficient Evidence
    On November 25, 2016, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition (Petition 015) to add neuropathy to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). Upon reviewing the scientific and medical literature, including information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that the available evidence does not have the potential to provide a basis for a decision on whether to add neuropathy to the List. The Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • March 22, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: World Trade Center Health Program is currently requesting nominations for Scientific Peer Reviewers of proposed additions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.
    The CDC is soliciting nominations, including self-nominations, for scientific peer reviewers of proposed additions of conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). When the Administrator proposes to add a condition to the List, he must publish the proposed rule in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553). Additionally, as required by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act in section 3312(a)(6)(F), prior to issuing a final rule to add a health condition to the List, the Administrator must provide for an independent peer review of the scientific and technical evidence that would be the basis for issuing such final rule.
  • February 21, 2017 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 014-Rheumatoid Arthritis; Finding of Insufficient Evidence
    On September 29, 2016, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition to add autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). Upon reviewing the information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that Petition 014 is not substantially different from Petitions 007, 008, 009, 011, and 013, which also requested the addition of autoimmune diseases, including various subtypes. The Administrator has published responses to the five previous petitions in the Federal Register and has determined that Petition 014 does not provide additional evidence of a causal relationship between 9/11 exposures and autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • February 14, 2017Letter to the STAC Chair from the Administrator about the STAC’s recommendations on the Policy and Procedures for Adding Types of Cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions and the Policy and Procedures for Adding Non-Cancer Conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.

    Note: The above link to the letter to the STAC Chair will take you to the official docket (CDC-2016-0036) for this topic at Regulations.gov.

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2014

  • December 18, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 006: Primary Biliary Cirrhosis; Finding of Insufficient Evidence.
    On October 20, 2014, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program received a petition to add primary biliary cirrhosis (Petition 006) to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. The Administrator has not found sufficient scientific evidence to conduct an analysis of whether to add primary biliary cirrhosis to the List. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • November 4, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 005: Acoustic Neuroma; Finding of Insufficient Evidence.
    On September 2, 2014, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program received a petition to add acoustic neuroma (Petition 005) to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. The Administrator has not found sufficient scientific evidence to conduct an analysis of whether to add acoustic neuroma to the List. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • October 20, 2014Petition letter requesting to add primary biliary cirrhosis to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions received (Petition 006)
  • September 2, 2014Petition letter requesting to add acoustic neuroma to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions received (Petition 005)
  • August 29, 2014Statement from the Administrator about the  GAO Report on the WTC Health Program Approach Used to Add Cancers to List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.
  • July 10, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations.
    This submission will incorporate the World Trade Center Health Program Enrollment, Appeals & Reimbursement (0920–0891, expiration date 12/31/2014), and the World Trade Center Enrollment & Appeals—Pentagon & Shanksville (0920–1001, expiration date 12/31/2016) into one complete package which will be called the World Trade Center Health Program Enrollment, Appeals & Reimbursement. Upon OMB approval, 0920–1001 will be discontinued.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.
  • July 1, 2014Statement from the Administrator about the third anniversary of the WTC Health Program. The changes of the past year are highlighted.
  • June 17, 2014Pre-Proposal Conference

    A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 1300 to 1500, to be held in New York City, NY at:

    Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
    26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Room
    New York City, NY 10278

    The purpose of the conference is to help ensure that potential Offerors fully understand the details of work, especially the Government interpretation of the Statement of Objectives. As time permits, potential Offerors will have an opportunity to comment on the details of the requirements. Attendance at the conference is encouraged, but not mandatory, since a formal solicitation amendment, to include an electronic copy of all questions asked/answered and sign-in sheet, will be posted to Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov) shortly thereafter (accordingly, no recording devices are authorized).

    In order to attend the pre-proposal conference vendors must submit a list of attendees to the Contracting Officer and Program Analyst no later than 1600EST, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Please send list to the following email addresses:

    bmccune@cdc.gov
    ehamilton@cdc.gov

    Contract award is estimated on or about 15 September 2014.
  • June 16, 2014 – Solicitation Notice: Outreach and Education Services for the CDC/NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program (Solicitation Number 2014-N-16435) published on Federal Business Opportunities website.
    Questions concerning this formal Request for Proposal shall be submitted electronically via email to the following address: bmccune@cdc.gov by 4:00 p.m. (EST), Thursday, June 26, 2014. Answers to questions that CDC/NIOSH determines to be necessary for proposal preparation will be returned via email on or about Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Technical questions submitted by telephone or verbally will not be honored. Please group your questions by RFP solicitation sections A through M.

    EACH question submitted by the Offeror shall be numbered and include:

    (1) SOW section number and/or title (including subparagraph designations) or solicitation section and/or title being referenced.
    (2) Complete description of the question

    NOTE: Questions submitted in chart or graph format will not be accepted.

    Proposal Submission
    Offerors shall deliver the proposal electronically to the following address no later than 4:00 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

    bmccune@cdc.gov

    The proposal must be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization.
  • June 2, 2014Outreach and Education Services for the CDC/NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program (Solicitation Number 2014-N-16435) published on Federal Business Opportunities website.
    This is a pre-solicitation notice. NIOSH does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this notice. This notice is for information and planning purposes only. NIOSH will not provide reimbursement of costs associated with any documentation or communication submitted in response to this notice. Any submitted documentation, upon delivery, becomes the property of the U.S. Government and will not be returned. Questions or comments to this notice should be addressed to the Contracting Officer.

    This procurement, once a solicitation is released, will procure outreach and education services for the WTCHP in accordance with the attached DRAFT Request for Proposal and Statement of Objectives. Proposals will be due on or about 30 days from the date of the RFP release.

    A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 1300 to 1500, to be held in New York City, NY at:

    Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
    26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Room
    New York City, NY 10278
  • May 6, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 004: Cardiovascular Disease; Finding of Insufficient Evidence.
    On March 7, 2014, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program received a petition (Petition 004) to add ''heart attack,'' which the Administrator has interpreted to mean ''cardiovascular disease,'' to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. Upon reviewing the scientific and medical literature, including information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that the available evidence does not have the potential to provide a basis for a decision on whether to add cardiovascular disease to the List. The Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • March 31, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Petition 003: Kidney Damage; Finding of Insufficient Evidence.
    On January 22, 2014, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program received a petition to add ''kidney damage'' (Petition 003) to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. The Administrator has not found sufficient scientific evidence to conduct an analysis of whether to add kidney damage and/or disease to the List. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.
  • March 12, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Extension of Request for Nominations of Candidates to Serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee.
    Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by March 31, 2014.
  • March 7, 2014Petition letter requesting to add cardiovascular disease to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions received (Petition 004)
  • February 18, 2014Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendations to the WTC Health Program's Research Program.
  • February 18, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Amendments to List of WTC-Related Health Conditions; Cancer; Revision.
    No types of cancer covered by the WTC Health Program will be removed by this action; four types of cancer—malignant neoplasms of the brain, the cervix uteri, the pancreas, and the testis—are newly eligible for certification as WTC-related health conditions as a result of this action.
  • February 14, 2014Statement from the Administrator about the publication of an Interim Final Rule (IFR) which amends the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions found in the WTC Health Program regulations, and results in four specific cancers becoming eligible for coverage as WTC-related health conditions.
  • February 14, 2014Teleconference/Web Conference meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee
    Note: This link will take you to the official docket (CDC-2014-0002) for this meeting at Regulations.gov where you will find all items pertaining to this meeting.
  • January 31, 2014Publication of a sources sought notice was released for an upcoming Outreach and Education Support requirement for the WTC Health Program. The notice is located on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fbo.gov). The notice number is HHS-CDC-NIOSH-SS-14-0001. This notice will remain posted until February 28, 2014.
  • January 30, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations of Candidates to Serve on the WTC Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee.
    Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by March 14, 2014.
  • January 22, 2014Petition letter requesting to add kidney damage to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions received (Petition 003)
  • January 17, 2014 – February 14, 2014 – Teleconference/Web Conference Meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee.
    The next meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee will be held on February 14, 2014. The meeting is open to the public and comments from the public are welcome. The agenda for the meeting includes a brief update on the policies and regulations developed by the WTC Health Program and development of recommendations for research. More details regarding the meeting can be found on the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Meetings page.

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