DOL Rule Changes
Voice your opposition to U.S. DOL Secretary Acosta about the rule changes to the EEOICP that include a lengthy process to receive pre-authorization for health care.
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Dear Secretary Acosta,
I respectfully request that you stop the Final Rules which govern the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. Many of the changes will harm the workers Congress intended to protect. Practically all the concerns raised by advocates, the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health, individuals and health care professionals were ignored by the Department of Labor.
Taking actions against the U.S. DOL to protect worker rights
We want to make you aware of important actions taken to preserve access to financial compensation and health care of workers covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP). Professional Case Management (PCM), the first and largest provider of home health care services to nuclear defense and uranium workers, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. DOL to prevent the implementation of changes to rules governing EEOICP. The EEOICP is a promise to the hard-working men and women who built our nuclear defense that our country will take care of them when they get sick due to workplace exposure to radiation and toxins.
Members in Tennesse will have an opportunity to meet representatives from the Department of Labor April 24, 2019. DOL will hold a town hall meeting in Oak Ridge on April 24, 2019 to explain the latest SEC class for Y-12 employees. Representatives from DOL, the Offices of the EEOICPA Ombudsman, NIOSH and DOE will be on hand to address questions or concerns. More details can be read here: https://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/regs/compliance/Outreach/UpcomingTN_042419.htm
With these changes, the DOL is going back on that promise. Hear directly from workers impacted by these changes.
This battle goes back more than three years when the U.S. DOL first proposed the rule changes. PCM shared many concerns with the DOL including the introduction of preauthorization for care, a 36-step process to do so, while preventing health care professionals to assist in the process. This new process can cause up to a 60 day delay in care authorization. Cold War Patriots, as a division of PCM, also shared many of your concerns, along with many other organizations from the nuclear defense and uranium community. Nearly 2000 comments were shared, most of them objecting to the proposed rule changes.
After three years without any communication, the U.S. DOL abruptly published the final rule changes in February of this year. We were outraged to see that it had ignored practically every concern expressed. Feeling there was no other choice, PCM took legal action. The lawsuit alleges that the rule changes will make it much more difficult for patients to access the care they need in a timely fashion. The hope is that the U.S. DOL will be convinced instead to work collaboratively with stakeholders like you.
We will continue to keep you updated on the progress with the lawsuit. In the meantime, we hope you will share this information with your family and friends. Additional information on the lawsuit and the rule changes can be found at https://coldwarpatriots.org/dolchange/faq. If you still have questions, feel free to call us toll-free at 866-301-0412.
March 18, 2019 Professional Case Management News Release
Lawsuit Filed Against U.S. Dept. of Labor Over Rule that Could Prevent Thousands of Sick and Dying Workers From Receiving Health Care. Read more…
March 19, 2019 Professional Case Management Lawsuit FAQ
PCM has provided some answers to frequently asked questions about the rule changes. Read more…
March 19, 2019 Professional Case Management Lawsuit
To read the full details of PCM’s Legal Complaint, read more here.