Glossary of Terms

To help you better understand the EEOIPCA and RECA programs we have created a list of commonly used terms and abbreviations.

SEC (Special Exposure Cohort)
If you worked at a certain plant or facility for at least 250 days and have one of the 22 covered SEC cancers, you can become compensated without undergoing a dose reconstruction test.  SEC time periods vary by facility.

Resource Centers
Serve as regional offices to help former workers with their EEOICPA benefits.

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

The program was passed by the U.S. Government in 2000 and began in 2001 as a way to provide monetary compensation and medical benefits to those Americans who contracted an illness as a result of working at Department of Energy facilities where they were exposed to radiation and toxic substances.  Most of the facilities dealt with either uranium or nuclear products.  EEOICPA makes it possible for qualifying former workers to receive free medical care for conditions related to working at a covered facility.

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

The program was established in 1990 for uranium workers only.  You must have worked between the years of 1942 and 1971 to qualify for compensation.  No medical benefits are provided under this act, but a uranium miner, miller, or hauler may qualify for additional compensation and medical benefits under EEOICPA.

Dose Reconstruction
A scientific formula to determine the likelihood of a site or plant causing an illness.

Survivor Benefits
There are different stipulations under Part B and Part E for survivor benefits.  For both parts, you will need to file a claim with your local DOL Resource Center and provide a copy of the death certificate of the eligible employee, marriage/divorce certificates and birth certificates as applicable.

Impairment Ratings
Apply to those with a permanent loss of function of a body part or organ due to a covered illness under EEOICPA.  A worker is paid $2,500 for each 1% of impairment up to a maximum of $250,000 for 100% impairment.

Covered Conditions
The conditions which are proven to be directly related to the exposure to harmful chemicals while working at an approved DOL site.  The covered conditions will be listed on your DOL Benefits Card.

The following cancers are currently covered under an SEC are:
Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
Lung (other than in-situ lung cancer that is discovered during or after a post-mortum exam)
Bile Ducts
Breast (male & female)
Gall Bladder
Liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
Salivary Gland
Small Intestine
Urinary Bladder

Consequential Illness
If you have a covered condition, and the treatment for that condition causes you to develop another illness, you have a consequential illness.

Part B
Provides monetary compensation of $150,000 and medical benefits from the date a claim is filed (if it is approved).

Part E
Provides monetary compensation as well as medical benefits for exposure to a toxic substance at a covered DOE facility which caused, contributed, or aggravated an approved illness.  Also allows for former workers to apply for impairment ratings.

Medical Screening Programs
Free programs to screen former nuclear workers to increase the likelihood of early detection of any work-related illnesses due to exposure to radiation or other toxic substances.

DOL Benefits Card
Also known as the “White Card” it is given to approved claimants.  This card will allow for free medical care for covered conditions.

International Statistical Classification of Diseases.  This is how your covered conditions are listed on your DOL Benefit Card.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  NIOSH assists the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in carrying out its responsibility under the EEOICPA.  One role of NIOSH is to estimate the amount of radiation dose the employee was potentially exposed to by conducting a dose reconstruction.

NISOH Ombudsman
The duties of the NIOSH Ombudsman include assisting claimants by reviewing the dose reconstruction and case file.  Another responsibility of the Ombudsman is to inform claimants, advocates, and the public of the EEOICPA program and claim process.

Department of Labor.  This is the government department which oversees the EEOICPA program.

Department of Energy.  Oversees the Former Worker Medical Screening Programs (FWP).

DOL Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman is independent from the offices within the Department of Labor that administer EEOICPA.  This office has several duties including informing the public about the benefits available through EfEOICPA and what is required to receive those benefits.  The office also makes recommendations regarding the location of the Resource Centers and the acceptance and development of the claims process.

Office of Health, Safety and Security

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Atomic Weapons Employer

V Code
Beryllium examinations only (monitoring)