Another lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Department of Labor after rule changes had been imposed that could potentially restrict financial reimbursement or compensation, which could have a direct impact on home health care services some individuals require. Professional Case Management is a home health care provider that services nuclear defense and uranium workers who require some level of support or care at home.
However, due to the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule change, the way claims are filed could put those who need these services at risk of not getting the care and help they require in a timely manner. Due to the delay and structure of the claim filing process that’s now required, it has the potential, according to this lawsuit, to leave many of these workers without adequate health care at home.
Much of this has to do with how the rule changes now govern the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEPOCP) and Professional Case Management argues that how a worker must file a claim now is both unfair and potentially illegal.
As reported by News Channel 10 KFDA in Amarillo, Texas, in its news blog, Home health care service to sue U.S. Department of Labor to prevent loss of federal benefits to Pantex workers, written by Britt Snipes:
“The company said the department’s actions would slow or maybe prevent sick workers or spouses of dead ones from getting federal benefits.
“The people we serve deserve better than that. They are often in need of immediate medical care and, sadly, some could die waiting for the new pre-authorization process to run its course,” said Austin. “For them, healthcare delayed is truly healthcare denied.”
PCM is a parent company of the Cold War Patriots, a community resource and advocacy membership organization to help nuclear defense and uranium workers and their families receive compensation and the healthcare they have earned.”
By delaying vital home health care services to those workers who had already been promised proper care and support when it was needed, this could lead to life-threatening situations.
Workers in the nuclear defense and uranium industry are often exposed to dangerous elements, and while the government had agreed to provide reasonable compensation when and if health care support is required as a result of the work they did, these new rule changes, according to this lawsuit, put those promises in jeopardy.