World Trade Center Health Program; Amendments to Definitions, Appeals, and Other Requirements. Final rule

Fed Regist. 2016 Dec 15;81(241):90926-47.


In 2011 and 2012, the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), promulgated regulations designed to govern the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program (Program), including the processes by which eligible responders and survivors may apply for enrollment in the Program, obtain health monitoring and treatment for WTC-related health conditions, and appeal enrollment and treatment decisions, as well as a process to add new conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). After using the regulations for a number of years, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program identified potential improvements to certain existing provisions, including, but not limited to, appeals of enrollment, certification, and treatment decisions, as well as the procedures for the addition of health conditions for WTC Health Program coverage. He also identified the need to add new regulatory provisions, including, but not limited to, standards for the disenrollment of a WTC Health Program member and decertification of a certified WTC-related health condition. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published on August 17, 2016; this action addresses public comments received on that proposed rulemaking, as well as three interim final rules promulgated since 2011, and finalizes the proposed rule and three interim final rules.

MeSH terms

  • Eligibility Determination / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Government Programs / economics
  • Government Programs / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage / economics
  • Insurance Coverage / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Insurance, Disability / economics
  • Insurance, Disability / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks / economics
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Survivors / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States