Yes. As of July 2017, all September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) claimants must be enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (“WTCHP”) to have their 9/11-related conditions officially certified unless one of the following exceptions applies:
- The claim is being submitted for a deceased victim who was not treated by the WTCHP for the claimed condition prior to passing away.
- The claimant was previously deemed eligible for compensation from the VCF based on a certified condition and is now seeking to add a non-certified cancer as a newly claimed condition.
- The claimant is unable to go to a WTCHP treatment location (either in the New York City Metropolitan Area or through the Nationwide Provider Network) to have their condition evaluated and certified for treatment without suffering significant hardship.
- The Special Master, in her discretion, deems enrollment in the WTCHP unnecessary on a case by case basis.
If any of the above exceptions apply, the claim can be filed using medical records alone through what is known as the Private Physician Process. This requires the submission of specific medical records directly to the VCF to prove your conditions are related to 9/11. This process is time consuming and requires submission of additional forms, information, and the precise medical records required by the VCF. More information on the Private Physician Process can be found here.