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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

   Black Lung Claim Decisions at the District Director Level 2001-2013

Year

Approvals TF

Approvals RO

Total Approvals1

Merit Denials2, 4

Non-merit Denials TF3, 4

Non-merit Denials RO3, 4

Total Denials

Total Decisions

Approval Rate

FY 2001

80

283

363

4,026

 

 

4,026

4,389

8.27%

FY 2002

146

222

368

3,726

 

 

3,726

4,094

8.99%

FY 2003

142

531

673

7,943

 

 

7,943

8,616

7.81%

FY 2004

126

589

715

5,780

 

 

5,780

6,495

11.01%

FY 2005

118

477

595

4,064

 

 

4,064

4,659

12.77%

FY 2006

118

521

639

4,109

 

 

4,109

4,748

13.46%

FY 2007

146

462

608

3,739

 

 

3,739

4,347

13.99%

FY 2008

114

446

560

2,186

473

1,197

3,856

4,416

12.68%

FY 2009

95

397

492

2,086

113

910

3,109

3,601

13.66%

FY 2010

77

432

509

2,096

126

978

3,200

3,709

13.72%

FY 2011

110

645

755

3,298

167

1,961

5,426

6,181

12.21%

FY 2012

97

632

729

2,565

229

1,780

4,574

5,303

13.75%

FY 2013

87

566

653

2,361

184

1,573

4,118

4,771

13.69%


TF - Black Lung Disability Trust Fund liability

RO - Responsible coal mine operator liability

1 Approvals do not include conversions of miner to survivor benefits under 422(l) of the Act.

2 Merit denials: claims that received a Proposed Decision & Order after all evidence is considered.

3 Non-merit denials: claims that are abandoned or withdrawn prior to a PDO.

4 Merit/non-merit categories were not quantified until FY 2008.

Source: US Department of Labor
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation