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Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC)

Town Hall Meetings in Denver, Colorado

Joint Outreach Task Group (JOTG) Hosts Town Hall Meetings in Denver, Colorado, to assist Nuclear Weapons Workers – On February 19, 2014, DEEOIC Director Rachel Leiton, gave an overview of Parts B and E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) at two town hall meetings hosted by the Joint Outreach Task Group (JOTG) in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of these town hall meetings was to discuss the EEOICPA, including the benefits provided under the program and the new Rocky Flats Plant Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) class. A total of 425 individuals attended these meetings to obtain information about the EEOICPA. The JOTG includes representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC), along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Former Worker Medical Screening Program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Ombudsman for the EEOICPA. Jeremy Rodriguez of Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s office was present for the morning meeting.

Debbie Dorrance, Bernadette DeHerrera, and Daniel DiVittorio of the Denver district office provided claim status updates at the meetings and assisted existing EEOICPA claimants one-on-one. Denver Resource Center Manager Janelle Zarate was present, as well as Jodie Lindhorst-Garcia of the Denver resource center (RC); both assisted with new claim filings. Steve Levin, Program Support Specialist for DEEOIC’s Branch of Outreach and Technical Assistance, provided logistical support.

In addition to DEEOIC Director Rachel Leiton presenting, other members of the JOTG also presented, including Malcolm Nelson, the Ombudsman for the EEOICPA; Amanda Fallon, from the Office of the Ombudsman for the EEOICPA; Greg Lewis, Director of DOE’s Office of Worker Screening and Compensation Support; and John McInerney MD, from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The DEEOIC also held two town hall meetings on February 20, 2014 to advise eligible claimants of the medical benefits available under the EEOICPA, with an emphasis on home health care. Daniel Wright, Denver district office claims manager, presented the medical benefit information. A total of 320 individuals attended these meetings to obtain information about medical benefits under the EEOICPA. For additional information about these town hall meetings or to obtain copies of the presentations given at the meetings, call toll-free at (866) 888-3322 or visit the DEEOIC website at http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/regs/compliance/Outreach/Outreach_Presentation.htm.