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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

Total Number Black Lung Beneficiaries
FY 2004 - 2012


Fiscal
Year

Part B
Chiefs

Part B
Dependents

Total Part B
Beneficiaries

Part C
Chiefs

Part C
Dependents

Total Part C
Beneficiaries

Total
Beneficiaries

2004

52,205

5,888

58,093

45,455

11,264

56,719

114,812

2005

46,564

4,972

51,536

42,370

10,161

52,531

104,067

2006

41,625

4,248

45,873

39,481

9,108

48,589

94,462

2007

36,786

3,623

40,409

36,541

8,185

44,726

85,135

2008

32,732

3,091

35,823

33,574

7,351

40,925

76,748

2009

28,911

2,654

31,565

30,826

6,571

37,397

68,962

2010

25,593

2,264

27,857

28,671

5,996

34,667

62,524

2011

22,424

1,935

24,359

26,829

5,785

32,614

56,973

2012

19,679

1,726

21,405

26,366

5,638

32,004

53,409

Notes:

1. Figures denote beneficiaries in payment status on September 30 of the listed year. Part B: beneficiaries approved by the Social Security Administration under Part B of the Black Lung Benefits Act. Part C: beneficiaries approved by the Department of Labor under Part C of the Act. Part C figures include all beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits from the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and from responsible coal mine operators.

2. A Chief Beneficiary is the person eligible for benefits on the coal miner's account. There is only one chief at any given time. A living miner is always chief, followed by surviving spouse or divorced spouse, followed by dependent children, followed by dependent siblings.

3. An eligible dependent may succeed to Chief Beneficiary status upon the death of the prior chief.

4. Part C Chiefs do not include Medical Benefit Only claims, as MBO claimants are already Part B Chief beneficiaries and are entitled only to medical benefits under Part C, not monthly cash payments.

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