If you believe you are eligible for the compensation fund, you may find out more on how to file before the Thursday deadline by following this link. Chavet stressed that the fund remains open for claims filings despite the government shutdown.
Gail Robinson, director of public affairs for the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health said that while she definitely urged people to sign up for the victim's fund ahead of the deadline, free medical benefits will still be available to eligible victims, including screening, treatment and medicine for a number of cancers and other World Trade Center related conditions, including respiratory ailments, some mental health disorders and stomach problems such as GERD.
"Tens of thousands of people eligible for this have not signed up for the care they need and deserve, including responders and people who lived worked or attended school near the Trade Center site," she said.
More information is available on the NYCOSH website.