December 29, 2015 by Tiffany Tcheng
RESEP provides no cost medical screening exams to facilitate early detection and treatment of cancer and other health issues associated with radiation exposure from mining, milling and transporting uranium and assists individuals that were affected by the fallout of the Nevada nuclear test sites during the 1950s and early 1960s. The program also provides free claims assistance to eligible individuals who are filing a RECA claim for compensation through the Department of Justice. The RECA Act will come to an end on July 9, 2022. The Department of Justice will not accept any Downwinder claims after this date, unless Congress decides to extend the deadline. RESEP is a grant funded program from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
RESEP is dedicated to helping individuals who were exposed to radiation from nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. North Country HealthCare provides medical screening exams to eligible “Downwinders” who lived in northern Arizona between 1951 and 1958 or during the month of July 1962:
“Downwind” Eligible Counties:
How do I schedule a screening?
Medical screening exams are available at several North Country locations. You must call our office to schedule your appointment with a medical provider.
Screening services include:
Please note that RESEP will initially bill your primary insurance, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be paid for by RESEP, so you will not be billed for the services. If this presents a problem for you, you may contact our program to make other arrangements.
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
On October 15, 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to aid thousands of individuals that were adversely affected by the mining, transport, and processing of uranium and the testing of nuclear weapons for the nation’s Cold War arsenal. This act provides compensation as an apology to individuals who developed certain cancers and other serious diseases related to nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining.
NOTE: If the affected individual is deceased, a surviving family member can apply for compensation.
To qualify for compensation, an individual must have been exposed to radiation and developed a compensable disease. Below, you will find the eligibility criteria for the “Downwinders” category. If you were a uranium miner, miller, or ore transporter, or if you worked on-site with nuclear detonations, please contact our office for further details.
An individual that resided in an eligible county of northern Arizona between 1951 and 1958 or during the month of July 1962.
The individual must have been diagnosed with one of the following eligible cancers:
|Female Breast||Bile Ducts||Ovary|
|Male Breast||Gall Bladder||Pharynx|
|Esophagus||Salivary Gland||Liver (except if cirrhosis or Hepatitis B is indicated)|
To file a claim, you must:
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