Not Too Late to Apply for 9/11 Health Benefits
First responders and volunteers who helped with the post-9/11 rescue, recovery or cleanup are eligible for free medical screening, treatment and medication, even if they don't have symptoms. Those who lived, worked or went to school in Lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn are eligible for free screening and care, but only if they are symptomatic.
Immigration status does not affect eligibility.
More than 1,100 people who lived or worked near the World Trade Center after 9/11 have since been diagnosed with cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Others exposed to toxins at the site have developed respiratory disease, digestive ailments like GERD and other illnesses, including mental health conditions.
Many don't realize that their medical problems are related to their Ground Zero exposure. And since symptoms may not appear for years, thousands more could be at risk of developing 9/11-related illnesses down the road.
You can apply for health benefits or get information in Spanish, Chinese and Polish, as well as English, at http://nycosh.org/wtc. or call 888-982-4748 to apply.
Posted by Kip at Sunday, October 06, 2013