EEOICPA Claims Surveys

EEOICPA Surveys

EECAP’s Medical Benefits Survey-October, 2016

EECAP, with help from ANWAG and Cold War Patriots conducted a survey to determine how well sick workers were able to use their EEOICPA medical benefits.  The final results show some significant problems that claimants and their doctors are reporting.

ANWAG Survey on Part B Claim Denials

EECAP helped the Alliance of Nuclear Workers Advocacy Groups (ANWAG) conduct a short, anonymous survey to learn how well claimants understand the reasons for their claims denials.  Check out the final results to see how well claimants understand NIOSH’s dose reconstructions.  Here is NIOSH’s response to the survey.

EECAP’s Claimant Survey

EECAP’s final survey results are in!  Here is what claimants had to say about their experience with EEOICPA.

On September 14, 2010 results from this survey was presented to over 40 members of Congress as well as officials from Department of Labor, and NIOSH and DOL Ombudsman’s offices to document how the EEOICPA process is working for claimants.  This would not have been possible without your input and help. Our thanks to all who participated.

EECAP’s Web Poll Results

WebPoll asked: DOL has proposed holding the Advisory Board for Toxic Substances and Worker Health Board meetings at federal buildings such as DOL district office buildings.  Would you be most likely to attend a meeting at:

The Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville or Seattle District Office Building: 19%
A hotel conference room similar to where the NIOSH board meetings are held: 81%
WebPoll asked: Do you feel that criticizing DOL’s administration of EEOICPA dishonors workers who sacrificed their lives and health? Yes:14%
No:86%
WebPoll asked: Do you feel the changes DOL has proposed to EEOICPA Rules will benefit claimants and provide more transparency and clarity?
No: 91%

Not Sure: 9%

WebPoll asked: If you have an EEOICPA medical card, have the new ICD-10 codes caused any problems with any of your providers?

Yes: 100%

WebPoll asked: Do you believe that EEOICPA is being administered as Congress intended?

No: 100%

WebPoll asked: Who should determine which Part E issues the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health investigates?

EEOICPA Stakeholders: 58%

Advisory Board Members: 38%

Department of Labor: 4%

WebPoll asked: Have you had a Part E or an Asbestos claim denied in 2015?

Yes: 50%
No: 50%

WebPoll asked: Has information from EECAP helped you?
Yes: 100%

WebPoll asked: Are letters to and from DOL taking longer to arrive than you would expect?
Yes: 100%

WebPoll asked: If you represent multiple claimants did you see:
Fewer claims approved in 2013? 100%

WebPoll asked: The IOM Review of the SEM strongly recommends that an expert advisory board, external of DOL and their contractor, be established to, in part, oversee the SEM. Do you support an Independent Advisory Board for Part E?
Yes: 100%

WebPoll asked: Has a DOL District Medical Consultant (DMC) overruled your physician’s letter/scientific evidence supporting your claim?
Yes: 86%
No: 14%

WebPoll asked: Have you attended a NIOSH Advisory Board meeting by phone but been unable to hear because of problems with the sound system?
Yes:100%

WebPoll asked: If Congress were to reform EEOICPA, which plan would you choose?
All workers covered by SEC if employed before 2006; Part E presumptive disease list; medical coverage the same (Charlie Wolf Act):76%

Keep the program the same with increased oversight:18%

No changes to program:3%

WebPoll asked: Have you had problems getting reimbursed for medical expenses or getting your medical bills paid through EEOICPA?

Yes, I have had trouble getting my medical providers paid:67%

Yes, I have had trouble with being reimbursed for medical expenses:33%

WebPoll asked: DOL has indicated that they cannot send case files to post office boxes and need a street address instead. How do you receive your mail?

I receive my mail at my home: 67%

I receive my mail at a post office box: 33%

WebPoll asked: Do you believe that EEOICPA is being administered as Congress intended?
No:100%

WebPoll asks: Has a DOL District Medical Consultant (DMC) overruled your physician’s letter/scientific evidence supporting your claim?
Yes: 86%
No: 14%

WebPoll asks: How long has it taken DOL to return your phone call?
Returned within a few hours: 0%
Returned within 24 hours: 0%
Returned within 48 hours: 33%
Returned in longer than 48 hours: 0%
Never returned: 67%

WebPoll asks: Has information from EECAP helped you?
Yes: 100%