EEOICPA (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act) is a program that provides benefits to the Department of Energy (DOE) employees. The workers in this field experience exposure to radiation and other toxic substances at a high level. The workers, therefore, require specified care.
The program entails Part B and Part E which are separate benefit programs. Each part has different criteria for eligibility. Each part has survivors defined differently.
Part B: It provides eligible employees or their survivors with lump sum compensation of up to 150,000 dollars. It also pays medical bills for specified conditions. It provides the individuals who had purposed to be eligible for RECA (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act) with a smaller lump sum amount of 50,000 dollars on top of catering for their medical bills.
Part E: Eligible employees or their survivors receive a lump sum compensation of up to 250,000 dollars. It also takes care of their medical bills for accepted conditions. The level of impairment, against the number of years of the qualifying wage-loss related to the covered condition, determine the possible benefits.
1. Workers diagnosed with cancer or any illness that is related to chemicals and worked under any of the covered Department of Energy.
2. A survivor as defined by the law, of any worker who worked under a covered Department of Energy facility, and died of cancer or illness related to chemical exposure.
Home Health Care for Nuclear Workers
The nuclear workers that are eligible for home health care should have approval under the EEOICPA program, says Nuclear Care Partners. The workers under home health care receive skilled care from the comfort of their homes. The medical staff involved in giving this care work hand in hand with the primary health care giver.
Benefits of Home Health Care
1. Regular skilled medical check-ups.
2. The patient is relieved of unnecessary travel to the doctor.
3. Administering correct oxygen levels to keep all organs working well.
4. The nurse looks out for prolonged drug intake side effects.
Energy Department workers should register for the program and receive approval for the benefits. When considering medication, home health care will be vital. It will help with the patient receiving help with daily activities like bathing, walking and eating. The family of the patient gets time to rest too, from the fatigue that can come with nursing.