- 1 How long does it take to get black lung benefits?
- 2 Does federal black lung pay back pay?
- 3 What does the Benefits Review Board do?
- 4 Where can I find Balca decisions?
- 5 How do I know if my lungs are black?
- 6 Is black lung curable?
- 7 Is black lung considered COPD?
- 8 What is the Federal black lung Program?
- 9 Who pays for black lung benefits?
How long does it take to get black lung benefits?
Historically, it took at least 10 or 20 years of exposure to develop black lung disease. But researchers are finding that miners are now getting the disease after fewer years of working with coal, and they’re dying at a younger age.
Does federal black lung pay back pay?
Federal black lung benefits are not paid unless a State claim, if required, is filed. Once such a claim is filed, Federal benefits are payable ef- fective with the original month of entitlement, subject to retroactive offset adjustment later if the State claim is paid.
What does the Benefits Review Board do?
The Department of Labor’s Benefits Review Board was created in 1972, by Congress, to review and issue decisions on appeals of worker’s compensation claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act and the Black Lung Benefits amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.
Where can I find Balca decisions?
The Office of Administrative Law Judges’ website has extensive libraries of ALJ and BALCA decisions.
How do I know if my lungs are black?
What are the symptoms of black lung?
- Coughing and coughing up black mucus.
- Very severe shortness of breath.
- Heart failure (when your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should)
Is black lung curable?
There is no cure for black lung disease – we can only treat symptoms. Medications, such as inhaled steroids, can help patients breathe more easily. More severe cases can require oxygen and possibly lung transplants.
Is black lung considered COPD?
No. Although CWP may share many of the symptoms of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis (which are also known as COPD), CWP is not COPD and is not treated like COPD.
What is the Federal black lung Program?
The Federal Black Lung Program is a workers’ compensation program designed to compensate coal miners who suffer from black lung. We verify that any functional lung impairment is due to their employment. Once claims are confirmed, we actively partner with medical providers to deliver the best care.
Who pays for black lung benefits?
The Black Lung Benefits Act established a government trust fund to pay for the benefits, financed by an excise tax on coal. Until the end of 2018 the tax was $1.10 per ton for coal from subsurface mines and $0.55 per ton for surface mines, limited to a maximum of 4.4% of the coal’s selling price.