Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP)
What is the EEOICP?
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program or EEOICP became effective on July 31st, 2001. The EEOICP provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the atomic weapons industry. There are two different benefit programs- Part B and Part E. In some cases, employees or their survivors are eligible for compensation from both programs.
What is Part B?
Part B covers current or former workers who have been diagnosed with cancers, beryllium diseases, or silicosis, whose illness(es) was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working directly for DOE, DOE contractors or subcontractors, a designated Atomic Weapons Employer or beryllium vendor. If an individual is accepted under Part B they would be eligible for compensation of up to $150,000 lump sum payment and medical benefits.
What is Part E?
Part E covers DOE contractor and subcontractor employees who developed any illness, including cancer, beryllium disease, and silicosis, as a result of occupational exposure to any toxic substances at a covered DOE facility. If an individual is accepted under Part E they would be eligible for compensation of up to $250,000 and medical benefits.
What medical benefits are available under this program?
Individuals who are accepted for benefits under the EEOICP are issued a Department of Labor White Card like the one shown below. Diagnoses accepted under the program are listed on the front of the card which should be presented at the time medical treatment is sought. The medical condition(s) accepted in your claim are covered for medical benefits from the day you filed a claim for those conditions. Medical benefits for covered conditions include reasonable and customary medical care, drugs prescribed by a physician, and travel directly associated with the treatment of a covered illness. Claimants do not pay a deductible or co-payment for claim related medical expenses.
Services that may be covered for the treatment of accepted condition(s) include:
- Doctor's office visits, medical treatments and consultations
- In patient and out-patient hospital charges, including emergency room visits.
- Diagnostic Laboratory and Radiological Testing.
- In Home Health Care
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Medications Prescribed by a Physician
- Ambulance Services
- Travel to the Doctor, Hospital, Clinic, other Medical Facility, and Pharmacy.
*For more information about the details governing this program please click on the link below that will direct you to the DOL EEOICP website. http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/