Department of Health and Human Services: World Trade Center Health Program Requirements for Enrollment, Appeals, Certification of Health Conditions, and Reimbursement
GAO-11-821R: Jul 15, 2011
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program requirement's for enrollment, appeals, certification of health conditions, and reimbursement. GAO found that (1) the interim final rule interim final rule implements portions of the WTC Health Program under the Public Health Service Act, as amended by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The WTC Health Program will provide medical monitoring and treatment to eligible firefighters and related personnel, law enforcement officers, and rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Shanksville, PA, and at the Pentagon, and to eligible survivors of the New York City attacks. This interim final rule establishes the processes by which eligible responders and survivors may apply for enrollment in the WTC Health Program, obtain health monitoring and treatment for WTC-related health conditions, and appeal enrollment and treatment decisions; and (2) HHS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.