Members of the WTC Health Program may be eligible for benefits through the Federal Victim’s Compensation Program and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Program. Each program has its own guidelines and we encourage members to visit the websites below to learn more.
The WTC Health Program is not a compensation program, however. We provide medical monitoring and treatment to eligible members. Enrollment in the WTC Health Program does not automatically enroll members in a compensation program. Eligible members must apply for compensation programs separately.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is administered by the Department of Justice and is separate from the WTC Health Program. The VCF provides compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) that suffered physical harm or illness, or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes. For more information about, or to apply to the VCF, visit www.vcf.gov or call 1-855-885-1555.
The VCF has developed a 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.
New York State Workers’ Compensation Law
On September 11, 2016, New York state extended compensation eligibility and benefits for World Trade Center workers (paid workers and volunteers) under Article 8-A. This legislation:
- Extends the deadline period for filing the Registration of Participation in World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and/or Clean-up Operations (Form WTC-12) from September 11, 2014, to September 11, 2018.
- Reopens previously time-barred World Trade Center claims and considers them timely.
Workers can obtain Form WTC-12 from any Board office or from the Board website. Completed forms must be received at the Board’s Centralized Mailing Address by September 11, 2018.
The address is:
NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
P.O. Box 5205
For more information, please see World Trade Center Assistance or call (877) 632-4996.