EEOICPA Frequently Asked Questions

EEOICPA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a multi-faceted program that covers many different care components of its beneficiaries.  Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) that energy workers and their families might have about the EEOICPA program.

For more information on EEOICPA parts B and E, click here.

What is EEOICPA?

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was enacted by Congress in 2001 to compensate workers who contracted certain illnesses from working in nuclear weapons production primarily during the Cold War era. The EEOICPA provides lump sum payments and medical benefits to sick energy workers and/or their survivors.

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Who is eligible to receive benefits under the EEOICPA ?

Anyone who worked at a Department of Energy nuclear facility and contracted certain illnessess because they were exposed to radiation or hazardous chemicals could be eligible to receive benefits from this program. Surviving family members may also be eligible for lump-sum compensation. There are two parts to the program that outline specific details of the act: EEOICPA part B and EEOICPA Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

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How do I start an EEOICPA claim?

Victory Medical Solutions expert-trained EEOICPA knowledgeable staff members can assist you in starting a claim through the EEOICPA program.  Contact a knowledgeable and highly-trained staff member.

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How is my EEOICPA claim processed?

After you file your EEOICPA claim with your Victory Medical Solutions expert, the government’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) will assemble a case file containing the application and evidence that shows your eligibility for compensation and benefits. The DEEOIC claims examiners will work with you and with Victory Medical Solutions to obtain the necessary evidence to process your claim.  Once all of the necessary information is collected and analyzed by the DEEOIC, the Division of Energy Employees will issue a “Recommended Decision” to accept or deny your claim.

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What happens after an EEOICPA Recommended Decision?

When you receive your EEOICPA Recommended Decision regarding your EEOICPA claim in the mail, it’s important that you read the recommendation letter and accompanying materials thoroughly.  The recommended decision may cover either all or some of your claimed conditions, and different parts of the decision may require different actions on your part.  After the district office issues the recommended decision, your case file is sent to the Final Adjudication Branch (FAB) for review and issuance of a final decision.

At that point, after the Final Adjudication Branch (FAB) sends you their final approval letter, you can choose to agree or disagree with the recommended decision.

If you agree with ALL of the recommended decisions, you can sign the waiver of objections included in the decision packet and return it to the FAB.  By signing this form, you indicate that you are not going to challenge any of the conclusions in the recommended decision.

If you agree with PART of the recommended decisions, you can sign what is called a Bifurcated Waiver, in which you will describe which parts of the recommended decision you agree with and which parts you disagree with.  At that point, you can request a hearing or review of the written record on the portion you disagree with.  In this case, you may be issued two separate final decisions.

If you disagree with ALL of the recommended decisions, you have 60 days from the date of the recommended decision to file objections.  These objections must be in writing and must state the reasons for your disagreement.  You may request a hearing on your objections, but you are not required to request a hearing.

Your Victory Medical Solutions expert-trained staff member can help you with the analysis of your recommendation and the subsequent steps you need to take to finalize the recommendation.  For help with this process, simply contact the Victory Medical Solutions team.

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What types of medical services does EEOICPA Part B cover?

Part B of the EEOICPA was enacted to provide compensation to workers with beryllium disease, silicosis, or radiation induced cancer. Employees, or their survivors, whose claims are approved may receive a lump-sum payment of $150,000 and medical benefits for the covered illness.

For more on what types of diseases and illnesses are covered under the EEOICPA, including Beryllium Disease, Beryllium Sensitivity and Chronic Silicosis, check out the EEOICPA care page.

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 What types of medical services does EEOICPA Part E cover?

In October 2004, Congress amended the EEOICPA with Part E which provides compensation and medical benefits for DOE contractor and subcontractor employees whose illnesses were caused by exposure to any toxic substance while working at a DOE facility. Qualified survivors are the spouse of the employee and children who were either under the age of 18, full time students under the age of 23, or any age and incapable of self support at the time of the employee’s death. The passage of this legislation means some individuals who have received payments under the existing Part B may be eligible for a new federal payment if qualified under Part E.

For more on what types of diseases and illnesses are covered under the EEOICPA, including Beryllium Disease, Beryllium Sensitivity and Chronic Silicosis, check out the EEOICPA care page.

*Information on Parts B and E of the EEOICPA program was gathered from the U.S. Department of Energy website

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What costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, are energy workers responsible for under the EEOICPA?

Under the EEOICPA, energy workers are NOT responsible for any part of their covered care costs.  Approved energy workers will pay ZERO out of pocket costs for their EEOICPA care.

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How Will my EEOICPA medical benefits be paid?

After your EEOICPA claim is approved, you will receive a Medical Benefits Identification Card (often called a “White Card”). The card should be presented at the time of treatment for any accepted conditions that you have been approved for under your EEOICPA claim. The front side of your card will contain your name and the diagnosis code for the condition(s) you have been approved for.  It will also state that there is no co-pay or deductible expense to be paid by you.

The back of the card contains the address that your physician needs to send bills to, and a toll-free telephone number for medical billing questions. It also contains a 10-digit number for Internet access to your medical billing file that will allow you to check the status of your medical bills.

It’s important that you present your Medical Benefits Identification Card every time you go to the doctor for treatment.  Showing your medical provider your EEOICPA Medical Benefits Identification Card will help the medical provider bill for services properly. It should be noted that you also must provide your Social Security number to the medical provider when you present them with your Medical Benefits Identification Card.

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What types of care does VMS provide to EEOICPA patients? 

Victory Medical Solutions provides for all types of care eligible through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act, which includes but is not limited to:

    • Nursing services.
    • Coordination of service with your primary care physician.
    • Health status assessments.
    • Wound care and dressing.
    • Medication and injection management.
    • IV management.
    • Blood draws for lab work.
    • Pre-surgery preparation.
    • Post-operative care.
    • Nutritional counseling.
    • Patient education.
    • Housekeeping, laundry and hygiene help

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Does Victory Medical Solutions offer holistic and naturopathic care through the EEOICPA?

The EEOICPA program does not currently cover any type of holistic or naturopathic care compensation, including chiropractic and/or acupuncture care.  You as a patient are free to pursue these types of care, but the EEOICPA program will not compensate workers for the costs of these types of care.

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What is RECA?

Additional benefits for nuclear power plant workers, uranium miners and others who worked in the atomic weapons fields during the Cold War may be available under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). For more information on RECA, contact Victory Medical Solutions staff or go to the government’s RECA website.

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What is RESEP? 

RESEP, or the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program, helps individuals who live (or lived) in areas where U.S. nuclear weapons testing occurred.

RESEP was created as a part of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) amendments of 2000 to help thousands of individuals diagnosed with cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials such as uranium.

The program awards grants to health care providers in the 12 states most affected by the Cold War’s nuclear weapons industry. The grantees serve radiation-exposed individuals and help them establish eligibility for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program.

Find out more about RESEP.

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What is SEC (Special Exposure Cohort)?

The Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) is a uniquely defined category of employees established under the EEOICPA.  To find out more about SEC, click here

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What is a “White Card” and how do I get one?

Those who apply for the Energy Employees Program (EEOICPA) and are awarded benefits, are issued a white card with their accepted illnesses listed on the front. Similar to a standard insurance card, whenever you receive medical care related to an accepted illness, you will show the card to have the costs covered under the EEOICPA. The white card can cover a wide variety of medical services, including home nursing care.

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Why should I choose Victory Medical Solutions as my in-home care provider?

  • Fees for our services are absorbed by the Department of Labor without co-pays or deductibles
  • We only employ licensed caregivers (RN, LPN’s) – with the added benefit of physician oversight
  • Care is provided hourly to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • We manage paperwork and all documentation for submission
  • We work together with your local physician(s)

To find out more about receiving EEOICPA health care from Victory Medical Solutions, you can contact us by phone or email.

Additional resources for EEOICPA information:

U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Illness Compensation, click here to access their website.

To find the government resource center nearest you, click here to access the resource center’s jurisdictional map.

To find the government’s Department of Labor district office nearest you, click here.

Click here to access the EEOICPA Claim Forms.

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Please help us help others get the compensation they deserve by referring other employees and/or surviving spouses or children of employees who worked for these or other Department or Energy Sites.  All referrals are confidential.  You can contact Victory Medical Solutions with any referral information by clicking here.

Why choose Victory Medical Solutions as your trusted in-home care provider?

  • Fees for our services are completely absorbed by the Department of Labor under EEOICPA; clients pay no co-pays or deductibles
  • We only employ licensed caregivers (RN, LPN’s) – with the added benefit of physician oversight
  • Care is provided hourly to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • We manage paperwork and documentation for submission
  • We work together with your doctor(s)
  • Our full team includes chaplains, social workers, volunteers, dietitians & more





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