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Medina Special Exposure Cohort Status 1958 to 1966

November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

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San Antonio recently released this article with an update on Medina’s Special Exposure Cohort status. Please click here for original article.

A new class of workers who worked at San Antonio’s Medina Modification Center and later became ill may be eligible for compensation and medical benefits.

Decades ago, the Modification Center was part of the Medina Base at Lackland AFB where disassembly/modification work was done on nuclear weapons. Those workers who were employed there may have been exposed to radiation or other carcinogens.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at Medina from 1958 through 1966 for at least 250 days are now included in the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

The law provides compensation and medical benefits to workers who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits.

A worker who is included in a designated SEC class of workers, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of  causation under the law.

For more information on the SEC or to make an appointment for claim-filing  assistance, call 866-272-3622. To date, 47 Medina claimants have received $5.3  million in compensation and medical benefits under the law.