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OWCP News Release: [10/25/2011]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659    
Email Address: lawder.jesse@dol.gov
Release Number: 11-1532-CHI

US Department of Labor to host town hall meetings Nov. 2 in Cincinnati to assist nuclear weapons workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor will host two town hall meetings on Nov. 2 in Cincinnati to provide former General Electric Co. employees with information concerning a new class of employees recently added to the Special Exposure Cohort of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The department’s Traveling Resource Center staff will be available at the town hall meetings to assist individuals interested in filing a new claim under the EEOICPA.

The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. A worker who is included in a designated SEC class of employees, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. On Aug. 31, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: all employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at GE in Evendale, Ohio, from Jan. 1, 1961, through June 30, 1970, for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the SEC. This designation became effective on Sept. 30. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definition as determined and introduced by HHS.

To date, $14.2 million in EEOICPA compensation and medical benefits has been paid to 110 GE claimants, while more than $7.4 billion has been paid nationwide. For additional information about the upcoming town hall meetings, or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the department’s Portsmouth Resource Center toll-free at 866-363-6993. This event is open to the public and registration is not required

TOWN HALL MEETING
DATE/TIMES:


Wednesday, Nov. 2 , 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT

TRAVELING RESOURCE CENTER
TIMES:


8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT

LOCATION:

Drury Inn & Suites – Cincinnati North
2265 E. Sharon Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

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