2013 EEOICPA Ombudsman Report

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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.

The ...

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Department of Labor: Amherst, NY – Town Hall EEOICPA Meeting

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Outreach Event

On September 23, 2014, officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) will host two town hall meetings in Amherst, New York, to discuss the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the medical benefits provided under the program.

DEEOIC’s Cleveland district office and New York resource center staff will be available before and after each town hall meeting presentation to assist individuals with the filing of ...

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Fighting for Texas Instruments Workers to Receive Benefits Under EEOICPA

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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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EEOICPA Interim Advisory Board Town Hall Meeting

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The DIAB or Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Interim Advisory Board will be hosting a Town Hall meeting June 20th in Portsmouth, Ohio. The group of volunteers is not formally associated with any federal agency or program. However, the DIAB serves as a watchdog group, overseeing the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

The town hall meetings are primarily for information gathering purposes. The DIAB is looking for, “claimants who have filed non-radiation cancer claims ...

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How to Receive A Cold War Victory Medal

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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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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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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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Your Inheritance: Pass It On

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Many Augusta-area “Cold War Veterans” who served their country as employees of the SRS plant, unfortunately, have/are currently suffering from a myriad of physical ailments –the majority causation being some of the many forms of nuclear exposure.

In response to this horrible (and unfortunately rampant) phenomenon, the federal gov’t (via the Dept. of Labor) has vowed to compensate these people by providing both considerable monetary awards and no-cost healthcare (which includes up to 24/7/365 home health care so as to avoid ...

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Making “Age in Place” a Reality

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“Some researchers now believe that relatively small changes in living spaces and daily strategies can keep them out of nursing facilities for months or even years, saving families – and, potentially, the nation – millions of dollars.”

Forbes.com has published a very informative article at about a research effort in Baltimore, MD called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) that is exploring the effectiveness of providing seniors access to occupational therapists, handymen ...

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Food for the Holidays: Pass the Organic Please

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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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