Labor Department pays $5 billion under occupational illness act
This milestone coincided with the eighth anniversary of the department's administration of the act, which provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry.
During FY 2009, Shelby Hallmark, acting assistant secretary of labor for employment standards, said the Labor Department continued to assist the nuclear weapons community by expanding its claimant services and outreach initiatives across the country. The department's Traveling Resource Center was recently in Washington, Pa., to inform workers and their survivors about new special exposure cohorts at Vitro Manufacturing and Westinghouse Atomic Power Development Plant. The center also goes monthly to Kayenta, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M., to assist individuals with the filing of their claims under the EEOICPA. Eleven stationary resource centers help in outreach efforts and provide personal assistance to claimants with filing claims, conducting occupational health interviews, and answering questions concerning medical bills.
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August 21, 2009
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