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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

Part C Black Lung Claim Adjudications
at the District Director Level
During FY 2016

Potential Liability for Benefits

SSAEs Issued 1

Approval Rate

PDOs Issued 3

Approval Rate

Trust Fund Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

NA 2

 

249

 

Denied

870

 

852

 

Total

870

0.00%

1101

22.62%

 

 

 

 

 

Operator Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

1,244

 

877

 

Denied

3,682

 

4,368

 

Total

4,936

25.20%

5,245

16.72%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Decisions

 

 

 

 

Total Approved

1,244

 

1,126

 

Total Denied

4,562

 

5,220

 

Grand Total

5,806

21.43%

6,346

17.74%

Note: Because of processing time required from the time of issuance of the SSAE to the PDO, SSAE's and PDO's may not be issued in the same year on any given claim.

1 SSAE = Schedule for the Submission of Additional Evidence

2 Trust Fund approvals are issued with a PDO

3 PDO = Proposed Decision and Order

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