The World Trade Center Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment to eligible firefighters and related personnel, law enforcement officers, and rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers who responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On September 10, 2012, the program released a final ruling that adds certain cancers, including multiple myeloma, to the list of covered health conditions. Research has shown a relationship between myeloma and exposure to carcinogens located at the World Trade Center site, and IMF submitted comments to the proposed rule supporting the inclusion of myeloma. IMF is very pleased that responders who develop myeloma will be able to receive compensation through this fund to cover the cost of treatment.
The addition of myeloma and other cancers becomes effective on October 12th (30 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register). Then, WTC Health Program members may begin the process of certifying their cancers as WTC-related health conditions. Current members of the WTC Health Program should contact their Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) to begin the certification process. If you do not know which CCE you attend, please contact the call center at 1-888-982-4748. If you are not currently enrolled in the WTC Health Program and believe you may be eligible for the Program, please visit the program’s website (www.cdc.gov/wtc) for information about the application process or contact the call center at 1-888-982-4748 for information on how to apply. For more information about the inclusion of several types of cancer in the WTC Health Program, please go here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/wtc/stac/cancer.html.