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About the Black Lung Program

The mission of the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, or Federal Black Lung Program, is to administer claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Act provides compensation to coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment, and to survivors of coal miners whose deaths are attributable to the disease. The Act also provides eligible miners with medical coverage for the treatment of lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.

New! Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to address several issues that have arisen in administering and adjudicating claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The proposed regulations would:

  • Require parties to disclose medical information about the miner developed in connection with a benefits claim
  • Clarify a liable coal mine operator’s obligation to pay benefits during post-award modification proceedings
  • Clarify that a supplemental report from an examining physician is a continuation of the physician’s earlier report for purposes of the evidence-limiting rules

The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2015. The public may submit comments on the proposed rule online at (follow the instructions on that web site) or by the other methods set forth in the NPRM. Comments must be received no later than June 29, 2015.

Important Reference Materials - Information

RIN 1240-AA10: Access the Fall 2014 Unified Agenda item previously published by the Department of Labor.

80 FR 23743: Access the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Federal Register's website.

PDF of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the DCMWC website.

In Memory of Dr. Donald Rasmussen, Champion for Coal Miners and Esteemed Physician.

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NIOSH B-reader List

NIOSH: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding digital radiography

NIOSH: "Guideline: Application of Digital Radiography for the Detection and Classification of Pneumoconiosis."

MSHA: Proposed rule on lowering miners' exposure to respirable coal dust