Former Employees Medical Screening
DOE Former Worker Medical Screening Program -- www.hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/fwsp/formerworkermed/
Medical screening is provided to ALL former workers, both production and construction, for the Kansas City Plant. The legislative mandate for this program is the 1993 Defense Authorization Act (PL 102-484, Section 3162)
General medical screening is included (physical, blood tests, Xrasy, etc.) as well as tests for workers exposed to beryllium, asbestos or silica. The general tests are designed for conditions such as chronic respiratory diseases, hearing loss, liver and kidney problems and some forms of cancer. All test results are sent to your physician for determination of next steps.
Project is conducted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, partnered with Comprehensive Health Services, National Jewish Health and Axion Health as part of the National Supplemental Screening Program.
Former Employee Claim Procedures
The Bannister Federal Complex employees have not been declared as part of any Special Exposure Cohort class (SEC), so your only choice is to file a claim under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), which is reviewed by NIOSH.
What is this Act?
“The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) provides compensation and medical benefits to employees of the Department of Energy (DOE), its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors, and employees of DOE designated Atomic Weapons Employers (AWE) and Beryllium Vendors who became ill as a result of work performed in the production and testing of nuclear weapons.
About EEOICPA: The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) began on July 31, 2001 with the Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B; Part E implementation began on October 28, 2004. The mission of the program is to provide lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers (including employees, former employees, contractors and subcontractors) and lump-sum compensation to certain survivors if the worker is deceased. When you apply for either Part B and/or Part E we will collect medical, employment, and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you qualify for compensation and benefits.”
Who does this Act cover?
Employees who worked 250 days prior to Feb 1, 1992 and have developed one of the 22 eligible cancers.
What types of cancers are eligible?
No exposure duration limitations –
- Bone Cancer
- Renal Cancers
- Lung Cancer (other than in-situ lung cancer discovered during post mortem exam)
If the onset of the disease was at least 5 years after exposure:
- Multiple nyeloma
- Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
- Primary Cancer of the following:
- Bile ducts
- Breast (male or female)
- Gall Bladder
- Liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated
- Salivary gland
- Small intestine
- Urinary bladder
If the onset of the disease was at least 2 years after first exposure
- Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
Where do you file a claim?
When you file a claim, here are some statistics you may want to know
How long does it take from the time you submit a claim until a decision?
Beryllium Sensitivity and Chronic Beryllium Disease= 273 days
Average time for recommended decision = 194 days
Average time for final decision = 79 days
Average time for those who made a claim under Part B
If the claim was sent to NIOSH – the average claim took 1073 days! That’s almost one-third of the total time that the law has been in effect!
Average time to prepare = ~190 days
Average days at NIOSH = ~ 730 days
Average days to recommended decision = ~ 45 days
Average time for final decision = ~ 100 days
If the claim did not need to be reviewed by NIOSH (meaning it was an SEC claim) – average was 262 days!
What is the history of claims filed?
Since July 2001 --
- 91,508 Claims were filed
- 46,197 received an Approved Recommended decision from NIOSH
- 32,745 received a Denied Recommended decision from NIOSH
- 44,733 received an Approved Final decision
- 31,339 received a Denied Final Decision
- 2956 – Survivor not eligible
- 20,376 – Cancer not work related
- 8007 – Insufficient Medical information to support claim
Do you want to see the full statistics of claims filed since the law went into effect? Click Here
After you file a claim, NIOSH completes a dose reconstruction to estimate how much radiation employees may have been exposed to while at the workplace. If they are unable to complete a dose reconstruction, you may be eligible under the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
Click Here to read more about SEC