Specified Care: Types of Nuclear Workers Care Benefits

Nuclear WorkerPeople who work in nuclear facilities are exposed to hazardous radioactive materials. As a result, most of them suffer life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. The result is diseases such as cancer, black lung disease, and even radiation poisoning. It's unfortunate to see how these workers sacrifice their wellbeing for the service of their country.

Fortunately, there are high-quality healthcare and free in-home medical benefits to those people. This is done under the following benefits packages: 

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) compensates eligible uranium millers, ore transporters, and miners who have contracted diseases and illnesses due to their employment. Through RECA, the groups mentioned earlier are entitled to a $100,000 lump sum compensation. Those participants who were present at the nuclear weapon tests are entitled to $75,000 and $50,000 as healthcare benefit cover.

On approval for compensation under RECA’s section 5, an additional sum of $50,000 should be awarded to uranium workers or an eligible survivor. Their medical expenses from the date of filing a claim should also be settled as a reward. This is defined under EEOICPA part E.

EEOICPA Benefits

EEOICPA ensures that former workers of nuclear facilities get proper medical care and compensation if they suffered work-related sicknesses or injuries in the line of their duty. According to Part E of the EEOICPA, former employees of nuclear facilities who are suffering from radiation-induced cancer are eligible to receive $150,000 as compensation. Their medical expenses from the date of filing a claim should also be paid by the state.

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA)

FECA compensates workers who were injured while working. The benefits involved include monetary benefits for permanent loss, wag-loss benefits for partial or total disability, vocational rehabilitation, and medical benefits.

Division of Coal Mine Workers Compensation (DCMWC)

DCMWC also known as Federal Black Lung Program provides healthcare benefits to coal miners who suffered total disability by pneumoconiosis due to their mining activities. They also compensate survivors of coal miners who died from the disease. Eligible miners are entitled to medical coverage for treating lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.

It is clear that the Nuclear Care Partners acknowledges the sacrifices the former workers of nuclear facilities made for their country and that is why it does all it can to ensure that their lives change for the better. All that is left is for the workers to file their claims so that they can receive their rewards and compensation.