News for EEOICPA and RECA

RECA Expansion Bill Reintroduced

Over the years, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act has been reintroduced and updated.  This year is no exception.  On January 24th of 2017, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) reintroduced the bill.

In particular, some benefits have been increased from $50,000 or $75,000 to $150,000.  The deadline for filing has been increased as well.

The bill can be viewed here.

An older RECA bill from 2015 can be viewed here.

An even older RECA bill summary from 2013 can be viewed here.

 

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The Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health has been Established

On Aug. 1, 2013, Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reintroduced a plan to create an independent advisory panel to better help energy workers get the medical benefits they deserve as a result of exposure to radiation.

In April of 2016, the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was formed. This Advisory Board is mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, and amended the EEOICPA.

The board has members from three primary areas:

  1. The scientific community
  2. The medical community
  3. The claimant community

 

Purpose

The Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health will advise the Secretary of Labor with respect to technical aspects of the EEOICPA program:

  • the site exposure matrices of the Department of Labor;
  • medical guidance for claims examiners for claims under this subtitle with respect to the weighing of the medical evidence of claimants;
  • evidentiary requirements for claims under subtitle B related to lung disease; and
  • the work of industrial hygienists and staff physicians and consulting physicians of the Department and reports of such hygienists and physicians to ensure quality, objectivity, and consistency.

See more information here on the Department of Labor’s website.