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2013 EEOICPA Ombudsman Report

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2013 EEOICPA Ombudsman Report

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program was created by congress in 2004 to address complaints and problems from EEOICPA claimants. The Office works diligently to ensure all involved in the compensation program are represented and heard.

As a part of their mission, the EEOICPA Ombudsman supplies an annual report highlighting the current status of the program, aggregating complaints and laying out the ground work for continuous improvement in the administration of EEOICPA.

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Fighting for Texas Instruments Workers to Receive Benefits Under EEOICPA

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Fighting for Texas Instruments Workers to Receive Benefits Under EEOICPA

At peak operation, the Texas Instrument’s Plant, formerly known as Metals & Controls Corp. or Attleboro Plant, employed nearly 6,000 workers in 23 buildings. From 1952 – 1981 the site focused on producing enriched uranium foils for the US Military. The plant was critical to the local economy.

By 2001 it became clear, work at the Massachusetts Plant and others like it across the country, exposed workers to unsafe levels of radiation and toxic chemicals. Rates of cancer and chronic ...

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How to Receive A Cold War Victory Medal

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How to Receive A Cold War Victory Medal

As of 2014 there has not been an official military authorized “Cold War Victory Medal.” Many cold war veterans and advocates have been fighting for a military authorized victory medal since the early 90s. A number of bills have been introduced with limited success.

While the Cold War did not involve traditional military confrontations, Cold War Veterans sacrificed greatly and deserve recognition for their service. The lack of recognition precludes these veterans from joining a number of organizations including the ...

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Policy Change: OWCP Pharmacy Fee

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Policy Change: OWCP Pharmacy Fee

The Department of Labor’s, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has occasionally altered their prescription drug fee schedule throughout the years. The prescription drug fee schedule is essentially a formula which determines the maximum amount the OWCP will pay for claimants’ prescriptions. The schedule applies to all four federal programs; the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act (FBLBA), and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ...

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

It cannot be denied that Americans are getting older. Here are some staggering stats that I keep coming back when considering the aging of America: Over 10,000 U.S. seniors will turn 65 years old every day for the next 20 years; every six seconds, someone turns 50 years old; 55 million people in the U.S. are now 55 or older and 34 million are 65 or older (those last two figures will double); and the over-85 age group is the ...

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Food for the Holidays: Pass the Organic Please

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Food for the Holidays: Pass the Organic Please

With the holidays just around the corner, most of us are probably going to enjoy our share of delicious foods and some of us are probably going to enjoy more than our share.

And when we’re not eating, we’re likely to be sitting around a table and parsing various subjects, one of which could well be: Are organic foods really the best approach to health and wellness?

Well, it probably depends on who you ask. Advocates of organic and naturally-grown foodstuffs will ...

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Music Therapy: How Music Can Benefit Aging Seniors

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Music Therapy: How Music Can Benefit Aging Seniors

Whether it’s Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” or Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” music strikes a chord within just about all of us.

Studies show that people in every age group benefit from music therapy, which relaxes the body, reduces muscle tension, boosts productivity, decreases stress levels, and strengthens memory and learning.

Seniors especially benefit from the healing power of music through better awareness and concentration, enhanced interest levels, improved memory and recall, and increased mobility and coordination.
The Alzheimer’s ...

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Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Family Members Who Live Far Away

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Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Family Members Who Live Far Away

Once upon a time ago families weren’t nearly as scattered (geographically speaking!) as they are today. Grandparents lived in the same neighborhood, if not the same city, as their grown children, helping take care of grandchildren, while they in turn were care for by their children (and in some cases, grandchildren) in their old age.

Long distance caregiving is becoming commonplace

These days, families may live hours, or even countries apart, which can create anxiety when parents reach an age ...

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What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?: How to Safely Discard Prescription Medications

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What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?: How to Safely Discard Prescription Medications

If you are like most of us, it’s likely you have a few bottles of prescription medicine lying around that you don’t need anymore. Perhaps you filled a prescription, only to learn later your doctor was changing your treatment plans. Or perhaps the drugs prescribed went out of date before you finished taking them.

When you wind up with a medicine cabinet full of unwanted or unused medications, it’s a good idea to dispose of them, but how?

Safely dispose of prescriptions

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Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

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Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

While many seniors find it possible to remain happy and healthy at home as they age, many more are finding happiness in a different home: their children’s.

In 2008, 6.2 million intergenerational households resided in the United States. In 2010, the number jumped to 7.1 million households, or 6.1 percent of all households. This two-year increase marked a faster rate of growth than the previous eight years combined.

Moving a loved one into your home may be the right choice for your ...

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