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What are RECA benefits?

What are RECA benefits?
What are RECA benefits?
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RECA stands for: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is a program designed to address claims related to atmospheric nuclear testing and employment within the uranium industry. Under RECA, the Attorney General has been granted authority to establish procedures and assess whether claims meet the eligibility criteria.

RECA was passed on October 5, 1990 and the scope of coverage was broadened on July 10, 2000. On June 7, 2022, the RECA Extension Act of 2022 was signed into law which extended the RECA Trust Fund and the filing deadline for all claims until June 10, 2024.

On March 8, 2024, a significant milestone was reached as the Senate approved a groundbreaking RECA expansion, aiming to include more states and Downwinder counties. This marks a crucial step towards providing justice and support to a wider range of individuals affected by radiation exposure.

With the measure now moving to the House of Representatives, Trusted Ally remains committed to keeping our readers informed and updated on any developments regarding this important RECA expansion.

 

Current RECA Covered Areas

Trusted Ally RECA areas

Does RECA actually pay claims?

Yes, and to date, the program has approved more than $2.6 billion in claims

Who qualifies for RECA benefits?

RECA outlines eligibility criteria within three broad areas:

  1. Uranium Worker States: RECA covers certain uranium industry employment in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. 
  2. Onsite Participants: RECA includes individuals who were present onsite during a test involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device.
  3. Downwinder Areas: RECA covers physical presence in certain counties located downwind from the Nevada Test Site in the states of Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Due to the complexity of the RECA program, we recommend contacting us and we'll help you determine eligibility.

Your pathway to care starts with Trusted Ally Home Care. Get started today and let us guide you through the process of receiving the care you or a loved one deserves.

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