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VCF FAQ

3.2 ¿El VCF recibe copia de mi record médico del El Programa de Salud del WTC? ¿Necesito proveer copias de mi record médico con mi reclamo?

April 7, 2021

El VCF no recibe copia de su récord médico como parte del acuerdo de compartir información con el Programa de Salud del WTC. El Programa de Salud del WTC solo le provee al VCF la información que se usa para determinar si usted tiene una condición elegible certificada. La información que recibimos del Programa de Salud del WTC incluye, nombre de la condición, la categoría de la condición dentro del Programa de Salud del WTC (por ejemplo, cáncer, desorden en las vías respiratorias superiores), y el código del diagnóstico médico asociado.

VCF FAQ

3.1 ¿El Programa de Salud del WTC es parte del VCF?

April 7, 2021

No, el programa de Salud del WTC y el VCF son dos programas separados, y cada cual tiene su propio proceso de registro, criterios de elegibilidad, y misión. El  Programa de Salud del WTC  es administrado por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU.

VCF FAQ

1.10 ¿Puedo presentar reclamos en ambos fondos, con el VCF y con el Fondo para Víctimas de los EE.UU. de Actos de Terrorismo Apoyado por el Estado (“U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, USVSST)?

April 7, 2021

Sí, aunque, al VCF se le requiere por ley contrarrestar cualquier beneficio pagado por cualquier fuente colateral en relación a los ataques del 11/9. Como resultado, los pagos hechos por el Fondo de USVSST a las víctimas elegibles para compensación por el VCF, están sujeto a deducción. Para clarificar, el VCF es requisito deducir los pagos hechos por el Fondo de USVSST a la misma víctima a raíz de las lesiones relacionadas con el 11/9.

VCF FAQ

1.5 ¿Cómo puedo añadir o cambiar el abogado en mi reclamo?

April 7, 2021

Para añadir, cambiar o eliminar un abogado de su reclamo, siga las instrucciones del  Formulario de Cambio de Abogado  y suba a su reclamo en línea el formulario completo y firmado. Una vez el VCF recibe el formulario completo con todos los documentos requeridos, haremos las actualizaciones pertinentes a su reclamo, incluyendo quién recibe correspondencia y quién puede acceder al reclamo en línea.

VCF FAQ

1.4 ¿Necesito un abogado para presentar un reclamo?

April 7, 2021

No, usted no necesita un abogado para presentar un reclamo con el VCF, y no se le da prioridad a los reclamos que son presentado a través de abogado sobre los reclamos presentados sin abogados. Nosotros evaluamos todos los reclamos siguiendo las mismas guías y calculando los reclamos con la misma metodología, sin importar que un abogado esta asistiendo con el reclamo. Tenemos varios recursos disponibles para asistir a los individuos a presentar su reclamo, incluyendo la línea de llamada que es libre de costo con representantes bilingües, e interpretes para cualquier idioma.

VCF FAQ

4.3 When should I amend my claim and when should I appeal? (Updated: December 26, 2019)

April 7, 2021

You should appeal if you are challenging the VCF’s determination on your claim.

You should amend if you are seeking a new determination based on new information.

VCF FAQ

3.2 Does the VCF receive copies of my medical records from the WTC Health Program? Do I need to submit them with my claim?

April 7, 2021

The VCF does not receive copies of your medical records as part of our information-sharing agreement with the WTC Health Program.  The WTC Health Program only provides the VCF with information that is used to determine whether you have an eligible, certified condition.  The information we receive from the WTC Health Program includes the name of the condition, the WTC Health Program category under which the condition falls (for example, Cancer or Upper Respiratory Disorder), and the associated medical diagnosis code.  If the WTC Health Program notifies us that you have been certified

VCF FAQ

3.1 Is the WTC Health Program part of the VCF?

April 7, 2021

No, the VCF and the WTC Health Program are two separate programs, each of which has its own registration process, eligibility criteria, and mission. The WTC Health Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders to the WTC and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA; and for survivors who were in the WTC Health Program’s New York City Disaster Area during the required timeframe.

VCF FAQ

1.10 Can I pursue a claim with both the VCF and the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (“USVSST Fund”)?

April 7, 2021

Yes, however, the VCF is required by law to offset any benefit paid by other collateral sources relating to the 9/11 attacks. As a result, USVSST Fund payments made to victims who are also eligible for compensation from the VCF, will be subject to offset by the VCF. To be clear, the VCF is required to offset USVSST Fund payments made on account of 9/11-related injuries to the same victim.

For more information, refer to Section 3.9 of the VCF’s Policies and Procedures.

VCF FAQ

1.5 How do I add or change the attorney on my claim?

April 7, 2021

To add, change, or remove the attorney on your claim, follow the instructions on the Change of Attorney Form and upload the completed and signed form to your claim.  Once the VCF receives the completed form and any required documents, we will make the appropriate updates to your claim, including who receives correspondence and who is able to access the claim online.

VCF FAQ

1.4 Do I need a lawyer to file a claim?

April 7, 2021

No, you do not need an attorney to file a VCF claim, and there is no priority given to claims submitted by an attorney over those without an attorney.  We evaluate all claims following the same guidelines and calculate all awards using the same methodology, regardless of whether an attorney is assisting with the claim.

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February 2021 Monthly Statistics Report

March 5, 2021
Statistics as of February 28, 2021.
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VCF Medical Expense Worksheet

March 1, 2021
Updated medical expense worksheet.
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Messages from the Special Master

Message from the Special Master - Ninth Annual Status Report

February 16, 2021

While it is impossible to review the past year without mention of the enormous challenges presented by COVID-19, and its particularly severe impact on the 9/11 community, I am proud to report that the VCF’s work on their behalf continued with almost no disruption throughout 2020.

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Ninth Annual Status Report

February 16, 2021
Ninth Annual Status Report - activity as of December 31, 2020.
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January 2021 Monthly Statistics Report

February 9, 2021
Statistics as of January 31, 2021.
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Claim Review Process

February 4, 2021
A summary of the claim review process.
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December 2020 Monthly Statistics Report

January 11, 2021
Statistics as of December 31, 2020.
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Email - VCF Website Update - January 2021

January 5, 2021

Email - VCF Website Update - January 5, 2021

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Third Party Verification Form

January 5, 2021
Updated form used to verify third parties, such as employers or volunteer organizations.
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How to Claim Medical Expenses

January 5, 2021
Updated instructions on claiming medical expenses.
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Messages from the Special Master

Message from the Special Master on the Tenth Anniversary of the Signing of the Zadroga Act

January 4, 2021
Ten years ago, on January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which established the World Trade Center Health Program and reactivated the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
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Presumptively Compensable Expenses

December 18, 2020
Updated presumptively compensable expenses.
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ACH International Wire Transfer Form

December 18, 2020
New form for international wire transfers.