Qualifying and Filing for EEOICPA Home Health Benefits

Doctor with a Consulting Patient

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, more commonly known as EEOICPA, started on July 31, 2001, when the Department of Labor implemented Part B of the program. Implementation of Part E followed suit on October 28, 2004. The law was enacted for the benefit of former workers in the energy sector.

A patient must be diagnosed to have cancer or other serious illnesses caused by exposure to toxins and chemicals to qualify for EEOICPA home health benefits. They must also be former workers at any of the DOE facilities covered in the program.

EEOICPA Part B

Part B sets the compensation for qualified employees or survivors. These include the following things.

1. Lump sum payment that does not exceed $150,000.
2. Full payment of all medical expenses for specified conditions.
3. Smaller lump sum payment of $50,000 to qualified workers under RECA (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act).

EEOICPA Part E

Part E sets a higher compensation limit for qualified employees or survivors. These include:

1. Lump sum payment that does not exceed $250,000.
2. Full payment of all medical expenses for specified conditions.

Accepted Conditions

To qualify for home health benefits, the patient must have any of the following illnesses: chronic silicosis, radiogenic cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity.

The patient must have contracted the disease while working at a specified DOE facility, beryllium supplier or atomic weapons manufacturer within a specific period. The periods may vary from one facility to another.

Survivor Defined

As defined by law, a survivor is a family member of an eligible employee who died of chemically-induced illnesses and worked in any DOE facility specified in the program. A survivor may file a claim on behalf of the deceased employee.

If you are qualified to file an EEOICPA claim for yourself or on behalf of your loved one, it is best that you work with a professional advocate. This way, you can be sure that your claim will be filed the right way.