The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, abbreviated as EEOICPA, was enacted in 2000 to compensate the former and current employees working in particular Departments of Energy like the nuclear weapon production plants. The act provides medical benefits to these employees since they are or they were exposed to toxic occupational health hazards.
EEOICPA claims are adjudicated by the Department of Labor in collaboration with other government departments like the Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice.
The eligibility for EEOICPA Compensation
People who are eligible for EEOICPA compensation are those who worked in an e energy plant that is recognized by the Department of Labor. Besides having the justification that one worked in recognized facility, legible candidates also have to be officially diagnosed with an occupational disease. Furthermore, survivors whose family member who used to work in an energy facility and has died can qualify for EEOICPA survivor benefits.
Some of the occupational illnesses often considered in EEOICPA include radiogenic cancer, silicosis, and beryllium disease. Other occupational health issues are also considered in this act.
Medical Benefits Covered By EEOIPCA
Ideally, EEOIPCA medical benefits are classified into two types. The first type is Part B medical benefits whereby claimants or their survivors receive a lump sum settlement of $150,000 plus other medical benefits. The second type is part E medical benefits whereby the claimant receives a lump sum settlement of $250,000 plus other medical benefits.
After a successful claim, legible candidates are issued with a white card that resembles most insurance cards. The claimant uses the white card when seeking for a medical service related to the occupation illness, he or she suffers from.
The medical benefit is given to an EEOIPCA claimant cater for doctor visits, home care, automobile or home modifications, transplants, exercise equipment, gym facility fees, hospice care and many more health care costs that are associated with the occupational illness.
What determines whether you are legible for part B or Part E medical benefits?
The decision to receive part B or part E benefits depends on the claimant’s medical condition and or the facility he or she used to work. For instance, applicants who receive part B EEOICPA benefits are those with cancer, beryllium disease, silicosis, and RECA related medical condition. On the other hand, claimants who qualify for Part E EEOICPA medical benefits are those with all the occupational diseases covered in part B and other additional occupational health conditions.
On regards to the type of facility, those who qualify for Part B benefits are the current or former employees who worked in the Department of Energy, Subcontractors and/or contractors in the Department of Energy, Atomic weapons employers, and any other employee who was employed in RECA section 5 facilities. Claimants who might receive part E Medical benefits are the contractors and subcontractors working in the Department of Energy and the employees working in an RECA section 5 facilities.
When does one receive an EEOICPA Compensation?
One can only receive EEOICPA compensation after making a successful claim which may take a year or even longer and after a successful request the claimant might receive a reimbursement of the expenses used while processing the application.
For a successful claim, the claimant or a claimant’s survivor needs to complete DEEOIC’s Form EE-1 and have an official medical proof showing that a claimant is suffering from an occupational medical condition. Some medical evidence that one can use to file a claim include a chest radiograph, a lung biopsy, a death certificate and laboratory reports. Also, a claimant needs a proof of employment.