March 28, 2019
Can you help, please?
Department of Labor has published new Final Rules which will dictate how claims are administered and adjudicated. These Rules go into effect April 9, 2019. Some of these Rules will make it much harder for claimants to get claims approved or receive their benefits once a claim is approved. The advocates and others tried working with DOL to improve these Rules. Unfortunately, DOL didn’t agree with most of these suggestions for improvement.
As a last ditch effort to stop these Rules from taking effect Professional Case Management (PCM) has filed a lawsuit to stop them. PCM also requested Secretary Acosta grant a pause in the start of these new rules until the lawsuit is settled. Cold War Patriots has a webpage on the issue.
This is where you come in. The more people who contact Secretary Acosta the better the chance that we can stop these rules from beginning on April 9th.
To make this as easy as possible for all of us to do this PCM has set up a toll-free number to Secretary Acosta’s office: 866-301-0070. PCM also set up an email link you can use to send an email to the office: . You can write your own message or use the template PCM has provided for this email.
If you are more comfortable writing a letter, Secretary Acosta’s mailing address is:
Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta
United States Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210
Secretary Acosta’s Facebook page also has a link that can be used to send him a message:
Do you need an idea of what to say? All you need to say is that you would like him to stop the EEOICPA Final Rules. It really is that simple.
Or, if you prefer a more elegant turn of phrase, you could say something like:
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.
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