Workers' Compensation Programs
Federal Black Lung Benefits Program
The Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) provides for monthly payments and medical benefits to coal miners totally disabled from pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) arising from their employment in or around the nation's coal mines. The Act also provides for monthly benefits to a miner's dependent survivors. Unless the miner was awarded benefits pursuant to a claim filed before 1982, a survivor must establish that pneumoconiosis was a substantially contributing cause of the miner's death to be entitled to benefits.
The program provides two types of medical services related to black lung disease: (1)diagnostic testing for all miner-claimants to determine the presence or absence of black lung disease and the degree of associated disability, and (2) for miners entitled to monthly benefits, medical coverage for treatment of black lung disease and disability. Diagnostic testing includes a chest x-ray, pulmonary function study (breathing test), arterial blood gas study, and a physical examination. Medical coverage includes (but is not limited to) costs for prescription drugs, office visits, and hospitalizations. Also provided, with specific approval, are items of durable medical equipment, such as hospital beds, home oxygen, and nebulizers; outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation therapy; and home nursing visits.
- Employment Law Guide - Black Lung Compensation - Describes the compensation provisions of the Black Lung Benefits Act.
- Black Lung Home Page
- Compliance Guide to the Black Lung Benefits Act
- Compliance Assistance for Coal Mine Operators and Insurance Carriers
- Online Forms - Provides a list of forms available from the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation.
- Questions and Answers about the Federal Black Lung Program
- Black Lung Benefits Act - Provides monthly payments and medical benefits to coal miners totally disabled from pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) arising from employment in or around the nation's coal mines. Also provides monthly benefits to a miner's dependent survivors if pneumoconiosis is caused or hastened the miner's death.
- 20 CFR Part 726 - Regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act.
- Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
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