The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), passed on October 5, 1990 and broadened in 2000, presents an apology and monetary compensation to individuals who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases following their exposure to radiation released during the atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, or following their occupational exposure to radiation while employed in the uranium industry during the Cold War arsenal buildup. This unique statute was designed to serve as an expeditious, low-cost alternative to litigation.
RECA establishes lump sum compensation awards for individuals who contracted specified diseases in three defined populations:
– $100,000 for Uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters
– $75,000 for Onsite participants at atmospheric nuclear weapons tests
– $50,000 for individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site (“downwinders”)
The map below shows all of the covered areas for the Uranium Workers to include Uranium Miners, Millers, and Ore Transporters as well as the geographic area for Downwinders.
RECA Section 5 covers certain uranium industry employment to include Uranium Miners, Millers, and Ore Transporters in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The dates of coverage are from January 1, 1942, through December 31, 1971. A claimant must establish both uranium industry employment that meets the statutory requirements, and a subsequent diagnosis of a specified compensable disease.
RECA covers participation in a test involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device above or within the Pacific Test Sites, the Nevada Test Site, the South Atlantic Test Site, the Trinity Test Site, any designated location within a naval shipyard, air force base, or other official government installation where ships, aircraft or other equipment used in an atmospheric nuclear detonation were decontaminated; or any designated location used for the purpose of monitoring fallout from an atmospheric nuclear test conducted at the Nevada Test Site.
RECA Section 4 covers physical presence* in certain counties located downwind from the Nevada Test Site. In the State of Utah, the counties include Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne; in the State of Nevada, the counties include Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and that portion of Clark County that consists of townships 13 through 16 at ranges 63 through 71; and in the State of Arizona, the counties include Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Yavapai, and that part of Arizona that is north of the Grand Canyon.
*A claimant must establish physical presence in the Downwinder area for two years during the period beginning on January 21, 1951, and ending on October 31, 1958, or for the entire period beginning on June 30, 1962, and ending on July 31, 1962, and a subsequent diagnosis of a specified compensable disease.
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All claims under RECA must be filed by July 9, 2022. In accordance with Section 8(a) of RECA, any claim received after July 9, 2022, will be barred.
All receipinants of medical benefits under the EEOICPA will be issued a Medical Benefits Card or a "White Benefits Card". This card acts similar to an insuracne card and is to be presented at time of treatment for any coverd conditon. There is no co-pay or deductable expenses to be paid by you.
If you have a EEOICPA Medical Benefits Card, then you may be eligable to receive no-cost in-home heatlh care!
As a qualifed claimant under the Energy Employess Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) administered by the Department of Labor, you are entitled to medical benefits to cover the costs of treatment, services, medical equipmet, and supplies for a covered condition.