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Black Lung Benefits Program: Administrative and Structural Changes Could Improve Minersí Ability to Pursue Claims
Andrew Sherrill (au)
The Department of Labor (DoL) Black Lung Benefits Program provides medical and income assistance to coal miners who suffer total disability or death due to lung disease caused by coal dust. To provide insight into DoL's administration of the Black Lung Benefits Program, this report explains: (1) how long it takes to process and resolve black lung benefits claims; (2) at what rate and for what reasons black lung claims and appeals are denied by DoL; and (3) what barriers, if any, confront miners or their survivors in pursuing their claims. The report collected and analyzed black lung claims and appeals data and interviewed officials at relevant federal agencies, national org., and selected local org. at two sites. Includes recommendations. Illus.
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