DOL manages both Part B and Part E of EEOICPA as well as deciding which claims are paid through their Final Adjudication Branch.
Working on an EEOICPA claim can be extremely tedious and frustrating especially when you feel you don't have all the information you need to do a good job. EEOICPA is an extremely complex program with many different requirements. EECAP is posting some references from DOL to try and fill some of the gaps claimants and advocates run across when working on a claim.
DOL offers quite a bit of information about the administration of EEOICPA on their website. However some DOL information is harder to find. Here are some additional resources claimants and advocates might find useful.
DOL Ombudsman's Office
The Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program was created in 2004 to provide information and address claimants' concerns. The Ombudsman also submits Annual Reports to Congress.
DOL Part E Flow Chart
This DOL flow chart shows how a Part E claim progresses through DOL.
Uranium Mills added as DOE facilities
DOL announced that 17 uranium mills have been added as DOE facilities. Workers from these sites are eligible to apply for parts B and E benefits under EEOICPA. In addition Vitro Manufacturing, Durango Colorado's Uranium Mill, and Monticello Utah's Uranium Mill have had their covered periods extended. Thanks to ANWAG the story has been picked up by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and Channel 9 News. Not all the Uranium Mills have yet to be added to DOL's Site Exposure Matrices.
B-Read X-Ray problems
Recently there has been some confusion within EEOICPA on whether certain x-ray reports are valid or not. Some claimants have had their "b-reads" refused if the technician did not sign the report. NIOSH's Dr. Howard clarified the issue for ANWAG. If you have had this problem, please contact ANWAG or EECAP for help.