Intermountain supports cancer patients and their families in a variety of ways. One way is helping downwinders and their families apply for government funds through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
What is a Downwinder?
The term “downwinder” is used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in southern Utah during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.
What is Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)?
The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is a federal statute providing for the monetary compensation of people (and their families) who contracted certain cancers and/or other specified diseases as a direct result of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear testing. Qualifying downwinders – or spouses and/or children of deceased loved ones – may apply for up to $50,000 in compensation.
What Types Cancers Qualify for Compensation?
Qualifying cancers include:
Lymphomas, other than Hodgkin’s
Primary cancers of the pharynx, small intestine, salivary gland, brain, stomach, urinary bladder, colon, thyroid, pancreas, female or male breast, esophagus, bile ducts, liver, gall bladder, lung and ovary.
How Do I Discover if my Family Qualifies for RECA Compensation?
The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Clinic was established at St. George Regional Medical Center in 2004 to aid thousands of individuals exposed to the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. Applications and information are available by calling 435.251.4760. Coordinators are available to help anyone who may qualify get started on the compensation process.
When does RECA expire?
RECA is set to expire in July 2022. For more information about the program, requirements for compensation, and deadlines for application before the law expires next year call 435.251.4760.
When and where are the public meetings?
July 29, 2021 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00pm
St. George Cancer Center Precision Genomics Auditorium
600 S. Medical Center Drive, Building 7
St. George, UT 84790
July 30, 2021 (Friday) 3:00-4:00pm
Hurricane Public Library
36 South 300 West
Hurricane. UT 84737
Friday, July 30, 2021 (Friday) 5:30-6:30pm
Springdale Community Center
126 Lion Boulevard
Springdale, UT 84767
Saturday, July 31, 2021 (Saturday) 11:00-12:00pm
Kanab Public Library
374 North Main Street 84741
Call the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Clinic at 435.251.4760.