For decades, longshore and harbor workers have endured physically demanding jobs to keep our ports running smoothly. Whether loading and unloading cargo ships in all weather conditions or operating heavy machinery, their careers take a toll on the body over time. Many dedicated workers eventually face injuries, chronic illnesses, or other healthcare needs. For some, home health care might be a practical option. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a work-related illness due to your time as a longshore or harbor worker, Maxim Healthcare Services can help!

Maxim offers hourly personal care, private duty nursing and selected therapy services to beneficiaries of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. These services are offered at no cost to beneficiaries and their qualified family members.

Longshore and Harbor Workers program

Men working on the propellor of a ship in dry deck

The Longshore Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Department of Workers’ Compensation Programs under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Its mission is to minimize the impact of land-based, maritime employment injuries and deaths.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act follows several groups, including:

  • Employers who employ workers for maritime work on U.S. or adjoining waterfronts
  • Employees engaged in maritime work, including longshoreman, harbor worker, ship-repairman, ship-builder and ship-breaker

This list has several exclusions, so visit the Department of Labor Longshore page to determine your eligibility.


Beneficiaries are entitled to a wide range of benefits and compensation, including injury benefits, disability compensation, rehabilitation costs, death benefits and dependent payments. Medical care, which falls under the injury benefits category, includes all medical, surgical and hospital treatments and supplies related to the injury. This can consist of home health care as well as facility care. Care services can only be provided by physicians and medical centers of choice as long as they are authorized by the Department of Labor.

Maxim’s services

Maxim Healthcare Services provides various medical services to individuals and family members with land-based, maritime employment benefits from the Longshore Program. Qualified beneficiaries with an OWCP medical benefits card, also known as a white card, may receive private duty nursing, personal care, intermittent skilled care and some therapy services. Depending on the condition, this may include:

  • Ventilator and tracheostomy care
  • Feeding tube care and management
  • Seizure management
  • Oxygen management
  • TPN Infusion

Certain services are only available in some offices, so contact your local Maxim office to find out about services near you.