WTC Health Program Newsroom
The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is a limited federal health care program that provides high-quality, compassionate medical monitoring and treatment for WTC-related conditions to those directly affected by the September 11th attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Program also funds medical research into physical and mental health conditions related to 9/11 exposures.
The WTC Health Program is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS ).
- Established as a federal program by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act) and extended in 2015. The Program is authorized until 2090. (Laws)
- Serves over 100,000 9/11 responders and survivors from the World Trade Center in New York City and related sites; and responders from the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania sites. There is no deadline to enroll. (Eligible Groups)
- Provides no-cost treatment for certified WTC-related health conditions only. The Program does not replace primary health insurance. (Covered Conditions)
- Administers monitoring and medically necessary treatment for certified conditions through 7 Clinical Centers of Excellence in the New York metropolitan area and in all 50 states through a Nationwide Provider Network. (Clinics)
- Is a separate 9/11 assistance program from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF provides financial compensation and is administered by the Department of Justice. (VCF )
- Program Overview Fact Sheet (PDF, 677 KB, 2 pages, August 2021)
- Program Myths vs Facts Fact Sheet (PDF, 568 KB, 2 pages, August 2020)
- WTC Health Program and VCF Comparison Fact Sheet (PDF, 111 KB, 2 pages, October 2019)
The Program performs ongoing outreach to those that may be affected by the 9/11 attacks and may not be aware that the Program is available to them. Outreach is performed by outreach and education partners engaged with the 9/11 community and New York City neighborhoods. We assist our partners through coordination efforts, social media, and communication material development.
About the Administrator
John Howard, MD, serves as Administrator of the WTC Health Program. Dr. Howard is a medical doctor and a lifelong advocate for workers' health. He has served as the Administrator of the Program since the Program’s launch in 2011.