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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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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.
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Updated: Policies and Procedures and Associated Documents

December 18, 2020
VCF Policies and Procedures, as well as associated forms and resources have been updated.
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How to File an Amendment

December 18, 2020
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VCF FAQ

6.5 我自付的医疗费用,若不在WTC健康项目所承保的范围或我的保险公司不予报销,是否可以报销?

December 18, 2020

可以报销。如果这些费用是在WTC健康项目对您的疾病确认之日之前支付的,由于您的疾病符合条件,您能要求报销那些您过去自付的医疗费用。如果您在疾病得到认证之后,决定由非WTC健康项目里的医生治疗您的疾病,或由非附属药房开处方,VCF将不会报销您所付出的费用。

因为报销自付医疗费用的申请需要提交重要文件和对重要文件的审核,以确定所声称的医疗费用与您的符合资格的疾病相关,而且您本人自付了这些费用。处理这些索赔需要时间,而且可能推迟您获得赔偿的时间。因此,VCF建立了关于何时以及如何提交医疗费用申请的具体标准。

VCF FAQ

6.5 Czy mogę otrzymać zwrot poniesionych przeze mnie bieżących wydatków medycznych, które nie zostały pokryte przez Programem Zdrowia WTC...

December 18, 2020

Tak. Mogą Państwo ubiegać się o zwrot poniesionych wydatków medycznych na skutek uszczerbku (lub uszczerbków) na zdrowiu uprawniającego do otrzymania odszkodowania, pod warunkiem, że zostały one zapłacone przed datą uznania przez Program Zdrowia do leczenia Państwa uszczerbku lub uszczerbków na zdrowiu. Fundusz VCF nie pokryje wydatków medycznych, które Państwo poniosą po dacie uznania do leczenia, jeśli zdecydują się Państwo na leczenie przez lekarza spoza Programu Zdrowia WTC lub jeśli Państwa recepty zostaną zrealizowane w aptece niezwiązanej z Programem Zdrowia WTC.

VCF FAQ

6.5 ¿Me pueden reembolsar los gastos médicos que pagué directamente porque no estaban cubiertos por el Programa de Salud del WTC ni fueron reembolsados por mi plan médico?

December 18, 2020

Sí. Usted puede solicitar reembolso de los gastos médicos que pagó directamente como resultado de su(s) condición(es) elegible(s) si estos pagos fueron hechos antes de la fecha de certificación de su(s) condición(es) elegible(s) por el Programa de Salud del WTC. El VCF no reembolsará los gastos incurridos después de que su condición haya sido certificada, y si usted eligió tratarse con un médico fuera del Programa de Salud del WTC, o si sus medicamentos fueron completados por una farmacia no afiliada.

VCF FAQ

6.5 Can I get reimbursed for medical expenses that I paid out-of-pocket and were not covered by the WTC Health Program or reimbursed by my insurance?

December 18, 2020

Yes. You can request reimbursement for past out-of-pocket medical expenses you paid as a result of your eligible condition(s) if they were paid before the date that the WTC Health Program certified your condition(s). The VCF will not reimburse for expenses you incur after your condition was certified if you decide to have your conditions treated by a non-WTC Health Program physician, or to have your prescriptions filled by an unaffiliated pharmacy.

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November 2020 Monthly Statistics Report

December 8, 2020
Statistics as of November 30, 2020.
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Email - Claims Management System Update

November 16, 2020

Email - Claims Management System Update - November 16, 2020