Compensation Programs

Members of the WTC Health Program may also be eligible for benefits through the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Each program has its own guidelines and we encourage members to visit the websites below to learn more.

Please note: The WTC Health Program is separate from these programs and is not a financial compensation program. We provide medical monitoring and treatment to eligible members.

Enrollment in the WTC Health Program does not automatically enroll you in these other programs. Individuals must apply for these compensation programs separately.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is administered by the Department of Justice and is a separate Federal program under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

The VCF provides financial compensation to individuals (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who were present at the World Trade Center or in the VCF’s NYC Exposure Zone ; the Pentagon crash site; or the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site, at some point between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and who have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related physical illness. The VCF does not compensate for mental health conditions and does not distinguish between responders and survivors.

Note: You may have heard about a July 29, 2021 VCF registration deadline. The deadline to register with the VCF depends on your individual circumstance, including when you were certified with a WTC-related physical health condition by the WTC Health Program. The July 29, 2021 VCF deadline only applies to members who were certified with a WTC-related physical health condition before July 29, 2019. Learn more on the VCF Registration Deadlines and Your Certified Condition page.

For more information on the VCF, including everything needed to register, file, and monitor the status of a claim, visit www.vcf.gov or call the VCF directly at 1-855-885-1555. Get the facts about common VCF myths on the VCF Just the Facts factsheet.

New York State Workers’ Compensation Law

Workers and volunteers who performed rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center and other impacted sites can register with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board . This registration preserves the right to file for workers' compensation benefits through the State of New York should you need them in the future.

New York State passed legislation (Amendment S7797-A) on September 7th, 2018, extending the deadline until September 11th, 2022 for filing the Registration of Participation in World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and/or Clean-up Operations form (Form WTC-12).

For information on eligibility, to download Form WTC-12, and for any questions about this program, please see the "Preserve Your Rights - WTC Registry" section on the New York State Workers' Compensation Board World Trade Center Assistance site at http://www.wcb.ny.gov/WTC/wtc-assistance.jsp or call (877) 632-4996.

Workers can also obtain Form WTC-12 from any New York State Workers' Compensation Board office.