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9/11 Health

New Registry Study Finds Increased Injuries After Hurricanes

Survivors of the World Trade Center disaster who lived in the Tri-State area during Hurricane Sandy experienced multiple types of injuries. Most of the injuries occurred among those who attempted to do clean-up or repair work in a damaged or destroyed home.

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Preserve Your Right to Worker’s Comp—Register by 9/11/2014

New York State would like to ensure you preserve your right to worker’s compensation if you participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center through September 12, 2002. File a WTC-12 form with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board by 9/11/14. This preserves your right to future benefits, should you ever need them.

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9/11 Injury Increases Risk of Chronic Disease

Injury as a result of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, including, for instance, broken bones or burns, increased the risk of chronic disease 5-6 years after 9/11, according to a study of more than 14,000 enrollees who reported no previous diagnosis of heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes or cancer.

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WTC Health Program to Cover Four More Cancers

The federal government added malignant neoplasms of the brain, cervix uteri (invasive cervical cancer), pancreas, and testis to the list of conditions that can be treated by the WTC Health Program. Coverage for the additional cancers began on February 18, 2014.

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Federal Government Redefines Childhood Cancer

The federal government has revised the definition of childhood cancer it uses for the WTC Health Program to clarify that it means any cancer first diagnosed in a person younger than 20. The revised definition is based on the age at diagnosis, not the current age of the WTC Health Program member.

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New York State Extends WTC Deadlines

Governor Cuomo signed legislation in November that affects workers compensation and disability retirement benefits for workers who participated in WTC rescue and recovery operations. Filing deadlines for both entitlements have been extended until September 11, 2014, and eligibility has been expanded for certain categories of workers.

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WTC Health Program Adds Prostate Cancer

The federal government added prostate cancer to the list of conditions that can be treated by the WTC Health Program. Coverage began October 21.

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Services Now Available to WTC Survivors Outside NYC Area

The World Trade Center Health Program now offers services to survivors, including Lower Manhattan residents, office workers and students, who may have moved outside the New York City area since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. In the past, only responders had access to WTC-specific services outside the New York City area.

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WTC Health Program Now Offers Cancer Care

World Trade Center responders and survivors can receive care for many different types of cancer at the federal WTC Health Program if their cancers are 9/11-related. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers guidance for members, physicians and the public.

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