Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Final Rules Issued to Assist Compensation of Nuclear Workers. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Final Rules Issued to Assist Compensation of Nuclear Workers. (Recent Health Care Developments)

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HHS recently issued two final rules under which the department will provide scientific expertise to assist decisionmaking under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will use these regulations in processing claims by current and former employees of nuclear weapons production facilities and their survivors who seek compensation for certain cancers caused by occupational radiation exposures but who are not requesting compensation under the "Special Exposure Cohort" provisions of the Compensation Act. The Special Exposure Cohort includes workers who were employed at specific production or test sites designated in the act.

The final rules, "Methods for Radiation Dose Reconstruction" and "Guidelines for Determining the Probability of Causation," address comments from the public and an independent advisory board.

The final rule on dose reconstruction establishes the methods that will be used by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in estimating claimants' past occupational exposures to radiation, in cancer cases referred to CDC/NIOSH by DOL. …

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