Information for ill Hanford, PNNL workers offered

By the Tri-City HeraldJune 1, 2013 

PASCO -- The Department of Labor will hold two town hall meetings Thursday in Pasco to discuss medical benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

The program offers compensation and medical benefits for current and former employees made ill by exposure to hazardous chemicals or radiation at Hanford or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The program has paid $1 billion to Hanford and PNNL claimants and enrollment remains open for new claims.

The Department of Labor works with doctors who have enrolled in the program and home health care providers to ensure that the medical benefits are handled in a fair manner, according to the department. Information concerning home health care services and the privacy act will be discussed at the meeting.

The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Local 598 Union Hall, 1328 N. Road 28. Staff from the Hanford Resource Center will be at the hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help people filing claims.

For more information, call 946-3333 or 888-654-0014.

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