In the mid-twentieth century, the government began experimenting with nuclear testing at a number of sites across the country. The effects of radiation exposure were not understood at that time, so few precautions were taken to protect workers. As a result, thousands of Department of Energy (DOE) employees, uranium workers, ore transporters, onsite participants, and families who were living near testing sites were exposed to radioactive materials, dangerous metals, and other toxic substances. Although the effects were not immediately apparent, it soon became obvious that those exposed to these types of materials were more likely to be diagnosed with serious, and often life-threatening medical conditions.
In an effort to compensate these individuals for some of their losses, Congress enacted the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) in 2001 and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) soon after. Those who qualify under these laws are guaranteed access to free medical care, including home healthcare services.
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In order to receive benefits under EEOICPA or RECA, a claimant must currently or formerly have worked at a listed DOE site. RECA applicants must also have ties to a covered site, but can have been uranium workers, uranium millers, ore transporters, onsite participants, or private citizens who lived downwind of a nuclear testing site. For both EEOICPA and RECA claims, covered individuals must then verify that they were indeed present in a covered area at a specific time by submitting supporting documentation, which could include employment records, tax records, personal letters, voting records, personal diaries, birth certificates, and religious records. Finally, a claimant will need to provide evidence that he or she was diagnosed with a covered illness, which includes, but is not limited to cancers of the lungs, bones, breast, brain, and stomach. Surviving spouses and children are also eligible to receive compensation if a loved one passed away as a result of toxic exposure.
If you believe that you qualify for benefits, a member of our dedicated healthcare team can help with the paperwork. We are also happy to go over the details of your claim with you, while also walking you through the application process. If you require the assistance of an advocate, we can provide recommendations for a number of qualified and experienced professionals.
Beneficiaries Receive Free Medical Care
In addition to covering the cost of treatment, EEOICPA and RECA also provide beneficiaries with free home health care, which includes monitoring by licensed nurses, medication administration, and in-home nursing. It also covers more personal services, such as assistance with bathing, eating, and dressing. At United Energy Workers Healthcare, our dedicated staff members also help with medical billing, meal preparation, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and light housekeeping. We also hire family members to become their relative’s caregiver.
Arkansas EEOICPA and RECA Benefits
If you live in Arkansas and have questions about your own eligibility to receive free medical care and home health services, please contact our office today.
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In order to be eligible for EEOICPA/RECA benefits, an individual must have been employed at a covered Department of Energy facility, an approved atomic weapons facility, or at a permitted beryllium vendor. An individual must also have one of the covered conditions as a result of exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while employed at an accepted facility. In addition, uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters are eligible for benefits if they develop an illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances (such as radiation, chemicals, solvents, acids, and metals) and worked at a facility covered under RECA. Eligibility requirements vary by location and condition.