On Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11), the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster along with additional devastations at several other locations in the NY City area, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, impacted the physical space, health, and welfare of these communities. Since then, organizations were mobilized, and many people have stepped forward to help. The initial search and rescue effort became a recovery effort. Some of the persons involved in rescue and recovery have developed a variety of medical conditions attributed to their involvement. There are many conditions that are accepted as related to these WTC disaster-related exposures. These medical issues are still unfolding.
There are federal programs for participants in the 9/11 events, as well as for residents in defined areas of New York City. Such individuals are eligible for health monitoring to determine if a WTC condition exists and to monitor the status of the condition. EmblemHealth Health@Work participates in this program via a contractor. Our providers perform a medical history and physical to determine the presence or possible presence of conditions that may relate to the WTC disaster-related exposures. The contractor expands on the development of the information and the WTC Program determines if certification for these conditions is appropriate. If certified for accepted conditions, the individual is eligible for benefits including related medical care.
These evaluations occur initially and then annually to monitor for WTC disaster-related conditions. They are performed at EmblemHealth Health@Work. While the referral contractor determines the testing to be done at these evaluations, our providers can also recommend further testing. These comprehensive medical evaluations typically take an hour to complete, which includes the requested ancillary testing.