EEOICPA: The Nuclear Development and Production Workers’ Health Aid

Nuclear Power Plant

One of the world’s greatest advancements includes using radioactive elements and developing them for further use. Nowadays, workers are much more protected with proper gears and safety protocols in nuclear facilities, which is an improvement compared to the working conditions in the past.

The Dangers of Radioactive Elements

In the year 2000, it has been proven that working in nuclear facilities causes radiation exposure that takes a toll on the body. In an effort to compensate the efforts of workers who served the country under such conditions, the Congress created the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

Through numerous studies, which have shown how big of a contributor is radiation exposure to the increased risk of cancer and other related health illnesses, Nuclear Care Partners noted that EEOICPA is a good way to provide medical assistance. Before EEOICPA was approved, most of the activities related to developing, producing, and testing nuclear-powered weapons remained confidential. In fact, most of the Cold War workers, as the Congress believes, are exposed to radiation without proper consent or knowledge.

Filing a Claim for EEOICPA Benefits

Any previous worker or survivor of a DOE facility that has been diagnosed with cancer and other illnesses caused by radiation exposure can file a claim for EEOICPA benefits as defined by law. The term “survivor” is defined differently in Part B and E of the act.

In Part B, the following are the survivors:

  • spouse of a worker, married for at least one year
  • a child if there is no living spouse
  • a parent if there is no living spouse or child
  • a grandchild if no surviving spouse, child, parent or grandparent
  • a grandchild if there are no surviving spouse, child, parent, or grandparent

In Part E, on the other hand, the survivors include the following:

  • a spouse of a worker, married for at least one year
  • if there is no surviving spouse:
    • children who were under 18 at the time of the worker’s death
    • children up to age 23 if in college during the worker’s death
    • children any age that is unable to work due to medical disability at the time of the worker’s death

If you or your loved one have been exposed to radioactive elements in the past, it’s best to know if you’re qualified for the benefits offered by EEOICPA. As such, you can live a better life without worrying about medical assistance.