FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
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  1. How was the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program created?
     
    The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was created as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement (Medical Settlement), which was reached between BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) on behalf of members of the Medical Benefits Settlement Class. The Medical Settlement has an effective date of February 12, 2014 and is subject to the supervision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
     
     
  2. How is the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program funded?
     
    The Medical Settlement Agreement, filed with and approved by the Court, provides that a total of $105 million will be paid over 5 years to the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program projects as follows:
     
    • Primary Care Capacity Project
    $46.7 million
    • Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project
    $36 million
    • Environmental Health Capacity Project
    $15 million
    • Community Health Workers Training Project
    $4 million
    • Community Involvement
    $3.3 million
     
    To date, approximately $79 million has been disbursed to the projects.
     
     
  3. What governs the scope of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program?
     
    The Medical Settlement Agreement governs the scope of work for each of the Projects, how much money each Project will receive, when funding will be distributed, and how money will be divided among the projects. In addition, each project submitted a Grant Proposal, which can be found at Exhibits 13, 14, 15, and 16 to the Medical Settlement Agreement, and signed a Grant Agreement.
     
    The Medical Settlement Agreement and all exhibits can be found under the Court Documents tab of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Website.
     
     
  4. What does the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program consist of?
     
     
    The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program consists of four integrated projects to:
     
    • build the capacity of primary care community health clinics in the region;
       
    • increase the mental and behavioral health expertise of health professionals in the targeted communities and increase awareness by local communities of mental and behavioral health issues;
       
    • increase the environmental health expertise of health professionals in the targeted communities and the health literacy of local communities;
       
    • train community health workers who will help residents navigate the healthcare system and access needed care.
       
     
    In addition, target beneficiaries will be engaged across all projects via a coordinated community involvement program.
     
     
  5. Who are the Grantees of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program?
     
    The Court-approved Grantees for the Projects are as follows:
     
    • Primary Care Capacity Project: Louisiana Public Health Institute
       
    • Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, University of South Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, and University of West Florida
       
    • Community Health Workers Training Project: University of South Alabama
       
    • Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project: Tulane University
       
    • Community Involvement: Alliance Institute
       
       
  6. Who oversees the activities of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program?
     
    The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program is directed by a Coordinating Committee consisting of representatives of each Project and three individuals who are not affiliated with any Project: Dr. Ayanna V. Buckner (Committee Chair), Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, and Dr. Leslie M. Beitsch.
     
    The duties of the Coordinating Committee are set forth in Section IX.G.3 and 4 of the Settlement Agreement. Those duties include evaluating the implementation of the Projects, assuring that benchmarks set forth in the Grant Agreements are met, identifying ways to enhance cooperation and integration of the Projects, and making recommendations regarding adjustments needed to improve the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program generally.
     
    The Settlement Agreement, specifically Section IX.G.5, provides that the Committee cannot change the goals of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program or reallocate funding unless those changes are approved by the Court upon a joint motion by BP and the PSC.
     
     
  7. How are decisions made with regards to the activities of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program?
     
    In general, under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, it is the duty of the Project Leaders to determine which specific activities and/or services will be funded under the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, including the extent to which grants will be made to other entities. Community input is one factor in shaping those decisions, but ultimately the decisions rest with the Grantees, subject to the terms of their Grant Agreement and review by the Coordinating Committee.
     
     
  8. Does the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program provide compensation for individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon incident?
     
    No. The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program does not provide direct compensation to individuals who believe they have been injured by the oil spill, nor does it reimburse health care professionals for their care of those alleging such injury.
     
    Further, the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program does not fund research projects.
     
     
  9. Who should I contact to receive more information about the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program?
     
    Inquiries regarding the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program can be made to Dr. Ayanna V. Buckner, the Chair of the Coordinating Committee.
     
     
  10. Who should I contact to receive information regarding the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement?
     
    Please visit the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Website or call the office of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Claims Administrator at 1-877-545-5111 to find out more about the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement.
     
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