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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 2017

Potential Liability for Benefits

SSAEs Issued 1

Approval Rate

PDOs Issued 3

Approval Rate

Trust Fund Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

NA 2

 

360

 

Denied

1,359

 

1,328

 

Total

1,359

0.00%

1,688

21.32%

 

 

 

 

 

Operator Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

1,333

 

915

 

Denied

3,990

 

4,473

 

Total

5,323

25.04%

5,388

16.98%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Decisions

 

 

 

 

Total Approved

1,333

 

1,275

 

Total Denied

5,349

 

5,801

 

Grand Total

6,682

19.95%

7,076

18.02%

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