Town hall meetings planned for nuclear weapons workers

Rocky Flats, Coors Porcelain workers to get information about compensation, health care benefits

Staff report
Posted 8/10/18

Nuclear weapons workers in the Colorado Front Range area can get specific information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act at upcoming town hall meetings. …

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Town hall meetings planned for nuclear weapons workers

Rocky Flats, Coors Porcelain workers to get information about compensation, health care benefits

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Nuclear weapons workers in the Colorado Front Range area can get specific information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act at upcoming town hall meetings.

Presented by Cold War Patriots, a community resource organization that advocates for worker benefits, the free meetings are open to anyone who worked at Rocky Flats, Coors Porcelain or any other nuclear weapons facility.

Meetings take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21. Aug. 20 sessions take place at the Apex Field House, Community Room, 5724 Oak St., Arvada. Aug. 21 sessions will be at the Longmont Elks Lodge, 306 Coffman St., Longmont.

Both day's morning session will be customized for those who have already applied for EEOICPA benefits and have been awarded a U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card or have a pending claim. Morning participants will learn how to file for medical expense reimbursement, how impairment evaluations can get them more monetary compensation, why they should add conditions to a claim, why in-home care might be right, and what to do if they are approved/pending for some claims but denied for others.

The afternoon sessions are for those who have not applied for benefits, or those who have applied but whose claims have been denied. Afternoon participants will find out whether they qualify for up to $400,000 in monetary compensation and free health care and will learn how to apply for benefits, what benefits are included, and how to reopen denied claims.

“Our goal at CWP is to ensure the workers who helped keep America free by building the nation's nuclear arsenal and are now suffering illness because of their sacrifice and service are connected with the monetary compensation and health benefits they have earned,” CWP chairperson Tim Lerew said in a news release. “By segmenting our presentations in this way, we can better help the workers with their individual situations, which can be overwhelming to navigate on their own.”

Resources will help workers understand the financial and medical benefits available to them — including home health care — and to guide them through the process of proving the connection between their workplace exposure and their illness.

The EEOICPA program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and offers monetary compensation and health care benefits to workers who participated in the nuclear weapons program from 1942 until the present day and became sick because of radiation exposure or other toxic substances. Learn more at www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/

Cold War Patriots is a division of Professional Case Management, which provides specialized in-home health care services to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. Visit www.coldwarpatriots.org or call 888-903-8989 for information.

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