Nuclear Energy facilityThe EEOICPA or Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act is created by the US government to provide compensation to ill workers in the energy industry. The program covers people whose health and safety were compromised while employed at an energy facility, explains an expert from Nuclear Care Partners.

EEOICPA is divided into two most important parts – Part B and Part E. Here’s a quick guide for you.

Part B

EEOICPA Part B states that energy facility workers who sustained disease (such as radiation-induced cancers, beryllium disease, and silicosis) as a result of their job must be compensated.

Eligible workers can claim an amount of $150,000 on top of the coverage for their condition. If the worker has already passed away, the surviving family members are qualified to receive the compensation. According to the Act’s Part B, survivors include:

  • spouse (must be married for at least a year);
  • children (in the absence of a spouse);
  • parents (in the absence of a spouse and children);
  • grandparents (in the absence of a spouse, children, and parents); and
  • grandchildren, (in the absence of a spouse, children, parents, and grandparents);

Part E

EEIOCPA Part E states that workers who suffered from injuries or disease due to exposure to any toxic substance in a facility must also receive compensation. This covers workers whose illnesses were caused, exacerbated, or influenced by hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Eligible workers are entitled to compensation for lost wages and impairment that may amount up to $250,000. This compensation comes with medical care for the covered health conditions.

The surviving family may also be entitled to the benefits under Part E in the case of a deceased worker. Survivors include:

  • spouse (must be married for at least a year);
  • children  who were below the age of 18 at the time of the worker’s death;
  • children  who were at least at the age of 23 if in college at the time of the worker’s death; or
  • children of any age who were unable to work as a result of the medical disability at the time of the worker’s death.
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Check out more of Part B and Part E benefits and eligibilities.

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