Centers for Disease Control Plans to Fund Monitoring and Treatment for Responders Outside New York
March 19, 2008
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for interested health care companies and administrators to apply for federal funding as part of a national system to monitor and treat World Trade Center (WTC) responders.
With American Red Cross funding to treat several hundred workers expiring in June 2008, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency within HHS, expressed "the urgent need for these services". According to the RFP, the number of responders being monitored outside of the New York City area could increase from 4,000 to 6,000 as the program grows.
The proposed national program will provide the following services:
- Initial and annual health assessment examinations
- Diagnosis and focused treatment for World Trade
- A pharmaceutical benefit
- Data tracking and reporting to be overseen by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's Responder Assistance and Benefits Office.
This new request follows a decision late last year by the CDC to cancel a request for contracts that would have accomplished the same goal. More information about the new RFP, which has a deadline of Wednesday, April 2, can be found on the Federal Business Opportunities website.