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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.

Online Training for Medical Providers Module 2 Now Available!

The DCMWC is pleased to announce a new training program for medical providers entitled, Black Lung Disability Evaluation and Claims Training for Medical Examiners. This training was developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and represents a 'first-of-its-kind' opportunity for medical providers to take free, formal, online training specifically related to conducting disability evaluations for our program, while earning continuing medical education (CME) credits.

This training is being developed as a set of 4 modules: Spectrum of Disease of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD); Diagnosis of CMDLD; Measuring Respiratory Impairment and Digital Chest Imaging; and Evaluating Causation and Disability.

To access the first two modules, click on this link: We hope to make remaining modules available in the coming months.

This training has been approved by the UIC College of Medicine for CME credit of 1 hour per module. Each module contains a post-completion assessment that will become available after the module has been completed. After passing all of the assessments and retrieving a certificate of completion, physicians will receive a total of 4 Category 1 American Medical Association (AMA) CME credits. AMA credits will only be issued after the completion of all four modules.

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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