Department Of Labor Division Program

Department Of Labor Division Program

Compensation and medical benefits to employees were exposed to beryllium at a covered Department of Energy facility or a covered beryllium vendor. The employee must have medical evidence to support a diagnosis of radiogenic cancer, chronic silicosis, beryllium sensitivity, or chronic beryllium disease. The employee’s survivors may also qualify for benefits. The program after it became clear that the country’s nuclear-weapons effort routinely endangered workers health in the name of national security.

In the nearly 16 years since energy employees occupational illness compensationpassed, the program has been the frequent target of criticism from former workers, survivors, advocates and elected officials who have tried to help people navigate the system.

The program has helped tens of thousands of sick workers or their survivors, paying out more than $12 billion in compensation and health care since 2000 for illnesses ranging from cancer to debilitating lung diseases. But advocates who help claimants say it’s often a struggle to get approved, and many never manage it. Problems can also continue afterward, as people seek the medical care they’ve been promised. The program was to assist workers with determining whether they had health issues related to their prior work with DOE. The program included both site- and population-specific medical screenings. Former workers also garnered support for a federal compensation program to address the workers’ growing treatment costs and disability resulting from their employment.

The DOE assistant secretary for environment, safety and health, along with local leaders and often Congressional representatives, heard testimony from former workers or their survivors about their work and the illnesses that had subsequently befallen many of them or their coworkers. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) provides benefits for workers illnesses related to their exposure to radiation or toxic substances while working at a Department of Energy facility as an employee, contractor or subcontractor.

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