How the DOE’s EEOICPA Helps Nuclear Workers

Nuclear workerIf you have worked in the nuclear energy industry and you are now affected by cancer, you could be entitled to compensation to pay for medical expenses, loss of earnings, and a home care aide thru the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) part B.

Being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating life changer for everyone in the family.  As the patients battle to get well, their families face sky-rocketing medical bills or insurance premiums, losing work and a social outlet through illness, and the loss of independence.  All these factors can add additional stress to an already distressing situation. This makes depression more likely and reduces the quality of the time that families have together.
If the cancer was caused by radiation and the patient was a former nuclear energy worker, help is available to pay for the extra expenses, give assistance to ease worries, and help those affected to enjoy the time they have left.

Open Air Nuclear Weapons Testing Done Till 1962

The United States conducted open air nuclear weapons testing right up until 1962.  Around 200,000 people and others living near the test grounds were exposed to nuclear radiation, in addition to thousands of energy workers who worked at nuclear weapon plant sites.  Many of these workers have gone on to develop cancer and other diseases. The U.S government instituted several compensation programs to help these former employees.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) helps ensure that those affected by their work in various nuclear facilities controlled by the DOE will have the proper health care if they develop any illnesses due to the nature of their work.
EEOICPA Part B gives them a compensation of $150,000 and complete coverage of medical expenses to all employees of the Department of Energy. It also extends to contractors and sub-contractors, transporters of uranium, uranium miners and millers who developed cancer after their job and related to their employment.  Compensation can pay for medical bills, home nursing, transportation to and from medical and social appointments and home help with household and self-care tasks.

This act can help anyone associated with the DOE and is suffering any debilitating illness due to the nature of their work.