Uterine Cancer Added to the List of World Trade Center (WTC)-Related Health Conditions
January 17, 2023
As of January 18, 2023, all types of uterine cancer, including endometrial cancer, have been added to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List).
The addition of uterine cancer to the List means that uterine cancer is now eligible for certification by the WTC Health Program. Program members with certified uterine cancer can receive treatment covered by the Program at no out-of-pocket cost on and after January 18, 2023.
“This rule is significant as it not only provides access to life-saving care and treatment, but also recognition for the women who sacrificed so much on and after 9/11 that their diagnosed uterine cancer is a WTC-related health condition,” said WTC Health Program Administrator John Howard, M.D. “With the publication of this rule, a critical gap in coverage for women in the Program has been eliminated. All types of cancer, if determined to be related to 9/11 exposures, are now covered by the World Trade Center Health Program, providing women equal access to the treatment they deserve.”
What should members who have or think they have uterine cancer do?
- Members who think they may have symptoms of uterine cancer should contact their Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) or the Nationwide Provider Network (NPN). Program doctors will review uterine cancer symptoms and refer members for further evaluation should it be medically necessary.
- WTC Health Program members who have already been diagnosed with uterine cancer(s) should contact their CCE or the NPN to see if their cancer qualifies for certification and to learn more about treatment through the Program.
- As a reminder, Survivor members must follow all coordination of benefits requirements including having primary health insurance to receive any treatment, including treatment for uterine cancer, in the WTC Health Program. Learn more about coordination of benefits at www.cdc.gov/wtc/cob.html.
Please note: The WTC Health Program does not have the legal authority to reimburse members or healthcare providers for the costs of treatments received prior to January 18, 2023. More information on covered services is available in the Medical Benefits section of the Program’s Administrative Manual.
The WTC Health Program also cannot reimburse for treatments received prior to the date that the member’s uterine cancer is certified as a WTC-related health condition. Compensation may be available through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for past uterine/endometrial cancer treatment costs. The VCF is administered by the Department of Justice, and enrollment in that program is separate from the WTC Health Program. Visit the VCF website to learn more.
How was uterine cancer added to the List?
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, as amended, and the WTC Health Program’s regulations establish procedures for adding conditions to the List based on extensive scientific review and research through a process known as rulemaking.
To learn more about the rulemaking process, visit the Program’s Policies page. You can also learn more from May’s Statement from the WTC Health Program on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Add Uterine Cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. To view the Final Rule adding uterine cancer to the List, see FederalRegister.Gov .
How has the Program communicated the addition of uterine cancer to the List?
A letter is being mailed to all WTC Health Program members to raise awareness about this new addition to the List.
The letter is available for download in: