Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: What is the Energy Employess Occupational Illness Compensation Program?
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program provides benefits authorized by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to employees whose work in the nuclear weapons industry made them ill. Survivors of qualified workers may also be entitled to benefits. The EEOICPA has two parts, Part B and Part E.
Who is covered under Part B of the EEOICPA?
Part B covers current and former workers who have been diagnosed with cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity, or silicosis, and whose illness was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while working at a covered Department of Energy facility or for a covered Atomic Weapons Employer or Beryllium Vendor during a specific time period. Certain individuals awarded benefits by the Department of Justice under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) are also eligible for EEOICPA Part B benefits.
What benefits will I receive if my claim is accepted under Part B?
What medical conditions may be compensable under Part B?
How is causation shown in a Part B cancer claim?
Who is covered under Part E of the EEOICPA?
Part E covers Department of Energy contractor or subcontractor employees whose occupational exposure to a toxic substance at a covered Department of Energy facility during a covered time period was a significant factor in causing, contributing to, or aggravating their claimed illness. Certain individuals awarded benefits by the Department of Justice under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) are also eligible for Part E EEOICPA benefits.
What benefits will I receive if my claim is accepted under Part E?
Up to $250,000 in compensation may be available under Part E. Compensation differs for employees and survivors.
Covered Part E employees receive:
Eligible survivors (employee death related to or caused by covered illness) receive:
Additional information for employees on the process for claiming impairment and wage loss will be provided when a recommended decision accepting your Part E claim is issued.
What medical conditions may be compensable under Part E?
How is causation shown under Part E?
Under Part E, evidence must show that toxic exposure at a Department of Energy facility was significant in causing, contributing to or aggravating the claimed condition. Your DEEOIC district office claims examiner will use a variety of tools to establish this connection, including information from the Department of Energy about the facility, information in the Site Exposure Matrices database developed by the Department of Labor, and referral to a physician, industrial hygienist or toxicologist. Your district office claims examiner may also ask for any information you may have on this issue.
Under Part E, where the employee is deceased, his or her death must also be related to the claimed condition in order for any survivor claim to be accepted.
Who are eligible survivors under Part B and Part E of the EEOICPA?
Eligible survivors are different under Part B and Part E.
Under Part B, eligible survivors are:
Under Part E, eligible survivors are limited to:
Parents, siblings, self-supporting adult children and other relatives are not eligible survivors under Part E.
I have filed an EEOICPA claim, under Part B, Part E or both. What happens next?
DEEOIC staff must assemble a case file containing evidence that shows your eligibility for compensation and benefits. Our district office claims examiners will work with you to obtain the necessary evidence and also assist in obtaining certain evidence from other sources. Once all the evidence is collected and analyzed, the claims examiner will issue a recommended decision to accept or deny your claim. You have appeal rights if you disagree with the recommended decision.
What evidence is required for my claim to be accepted?
Your case file must contain evidence of covered employment, a diagnosed medical condition and causation. Causation means a demonstrated relationship between the employment, exposures and the diagnosed condition. If the employee is deceased, the file must contain evidence establishing that you are an eligible survivor.
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