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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

   Black Lung Claim Decisions at the District Director Level, FY 2005-2015

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 Rate5

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

2,746

20.39%

FY 2009

95

397

492

2,086

113

910

3,109

2,578

19.08%

FY 2010

77

432

509

2,096

126

978

3,200

2,605

19.54%

FY 2011

110

645

755

3,298

167

1,961

5,426

4,053

18.63%

FY 2012

97

632

729

2,565

229

1,780

4,574

3,294

22.13%

FY 2013

87

566

653

2,361

184

1,573

4,118

3,014

21.67%

FY 2014

92

518

610

2,664

224

1,719

4,607

3,274

18.63%

FY 2015

157

728

885

2,222

240

2,037

4,499

3,107

28.48%


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3 Non-merit denials: claims that are abandoned or withdrawn prior to a PDO.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

5Approval rate calculated using approved and denied claims and does not include withdrawn and abandoned claims (non-merit decisions).

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