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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

September 14, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from September 9, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

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Messages from the Special Master

Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

September 9, 2015

This September 11th, the Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) focuses its attention on the work that remains ahead of us. Our commitment to this work is the most important way the Fund can honor the sacrifice of those who were lost on September 11, 2001, and those who continue to struggle.

Report | Program Statistics

Reported VCF activity as of September 6, 2015

September 9, 2015
Resource | Communications to Law Firms

CMS Guide

August 31, 2015

The VCF has prepared a guide to assist law firms in using the new functionality that became available in the online Claims Management System in August 2015.

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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

CMS Enhancements

August 5, 2015

Multiple enhancements made to the Claims Management System.

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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

July 28, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from July 22, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

Associated Document(s):
Messages from the Special Master

Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

July 20, 2015

I am proud to announce that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has made loss determinations of more than $1.3 billion. As of June 30, 2015, the VCF has approved 11,770 eligibility claims and made 5,636 loss decisions, totaling $1,310,149,991. First responders account for 91 percent of the total loss amount. Individuals with cancer diagnoses account for 18 percent of the awards. This information and additional updated program statistics are available.

Report | Program Statistics

Reported VCF activity as of June 30, 2015

July 20, 2015
Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

June 26, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from June 17, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

May 22, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from May 20, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

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Resource | Resources

WTC Health Program Diagnostic Essentials

May 19, 2015
Guidance to the Victim Compensation Fund from the World Trade Center Health Program.
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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

April 13, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from April 8, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

Associated Document(s):
Messages from the Special Master

Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

April 8, 2015

I am proud to announce that the VCF has made loss determinations of more than $1 billion. As of March 31, 2015, the VCF has approved 10,549 eligibility claims and rendered 4,415 loss decisions, totaling $1,058,398,144. First responders account for 92 percent of the total loss amount. Individuals with cancer diagnoses account for 27 percent of the awards. This information and additional updated program statistics are available.

Report | Program Statistics

Reported VCF activity as of March 31, 2015

April 8, 2015
Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

March 20, 2015

Updated information for law firms posted - notes from March 4, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms.

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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Claim Management System Update - Compensation Form

March 20, 2015

Updated Compensation Form Tip Sheet posted.

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Messages from the Special Master

Special Notice Regarding Denied Claims

February 9, 2015

The VCF will deny eligibility claims when claimants do not respond to multiple requests for missing information. Many eligibility claims are submitted without required supporting documents. The VCF makes multiple attempts to work with the claimant and/or the attorney to obtain the necessary supporting documentation so that the VCF can determine eligibility. If the claimant does not respond to this outreach (after a minimum of two requests) the VCF will deny the eligibility claim.

Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

January 23, 2015

Notes from January 20, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms posted.

Associated Document(s):
Messages from the Special Master

Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

January 15, 2015

Today, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) issued updated program statistics. As of Jan. 2, 2015, the VCF has found 9,677 claimants eligible for compensation and has made 3,128 compensation determinations (approximately 67 percent of the compensation claims that have been submitted with appropriate supporting documentation). The total value of those compensation determinations is $804,116,233.

Report | Program Statistics

Reported VCF activity as of January 2, 2015

January 15, 2015
Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

December 19, 2014

Notes from December 15, 2014 VCF conference call with law firms posted.

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Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes and Medical Expense Worksheet.

November 7, 2014

Notes from November 3, 2014 VCF conference call with law firms and new Medical Expense Worksheet posted.

Associated Document(s):
Messages from the Special Master

A Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

October 17, 2014

Fiscal Year 2014 was a very productive year at the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In our first two years, we were focused on everything required to start a significant new program, including hiring staff, developing claim forms and ways to process those forms, and reaching out to prospective claimants to file their claims. This year, we were focused on processing and paying claims, and we have seen positive results.

Resource | Communications to Law Firms

Law Firm Meeting Notes

September 18, 2014

Notes from September 15, 2014 VCF conference call with law firms posted.

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