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Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation
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The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act or EEOICPA was enacted with a view to safeguard the employees hired by the Department of Energy or its contractor/subcontractor. With the Department of Labour or DOL entrusted with the responsibilities of administering the program, EEOICP now contains five sections following its five-time amendment.
Part B of the EEOICPA covers employees or their certain survivors on condition that these workers are afflicted with occupational illnesses resulting from long-time exposure to radioactive substances. The act does not cover all types of illnesses but only those, which may be caused due to exposure to radiation. These illnesses include silicosis, beryllium and some types of cancer.
Part E of the EEOICPA covers the workers or the survivors of the professionals, who developed an illness mentioned in the list of disorders due to exposure to toxic substances. Compensation offered under Part B section of the act is a lump sum amount up to $150, 000, with an exception for the eligible employees who received payment as per the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
The RECA professionals qualify for receiving only a lump sum amount up to $50, 000. Lump sum amount apart, the employees are allowed to claim for compensation benefits that cover their medical bills. Compensation covers medical bills from the date of filling a claim by the employee. Compensation under Part E is not a fixed amount and it can go up to $250, 000. The amount to be paid is determined on the basis of lost wage, impairment and survivorship.
The DOL as well as Department of Energy or DOE determine the facilities covered under the EEOICPA.
Processing of Claims
DOL sends the compensation claim filed according to Part B of the EEOICPA for certain cancers, which may have developed due to radiation exposure at the worksite, to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or NIOSH that sends a request to the DOE for exposure records of the energy employee. They also interview the employee or survivors for information to be used for dose reconstruction.
The NIOSH collects relevant data in regards to the claimant’s workplace (if available) for completing the dose reconstruction that is sent back to the DOL, which takes the final decision about approving compensation claims and determining the amount to be paid.
The Office of Compensation Analysis and Support or OCAS is entrusted with responsibilities of completing dose reconstruction. All other claims under Part B and Part E of the EEOICPA remain with the DOL that reviews the claims and determines the amount.
In July of 2001, Energy Employee Compensation Centre had nine of its branches opened as a shared initiative of the Department of Labour and Energy. They have available information and human resources to help the employees as well as their families with the process of claim filing for lost wages and medical benefits. It is the responsibility of the Department of Energy to provide documentation pertaining to work and exposure data.