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The Black Lung Benefits Reform Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-239), as
amended February 27, 1985, reinstated the authority of the Federal
Mine Safety and Health Act for the Secretary of Health and Human Services
to support clinics to evaluate and treat coal miners with respiratory
impairments. Administrative jurisdiction for this authority, designated
as the Black Lung Clinics Program, was delegated by the Secretary
to the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The overall goal of the program is to provide
services to minimize the effects of respiratory impairments in coal
miners and others with occupational related respiratory disease.
The program provides funding to public and private non-profit entities
for the operation of clinics that provide diagnosis, treatment,
and rehabilitation of active and retired coal miners with respiratory
and pulmonary impairments.
The program provides grants to 15 public and private
non-profit organizations, which provide specialized diagnosis and
treatment services. Grantee clinics also provide educational programs
to help respiratory disease patients and their families cope with
their disease, improve their breathing and endurance, and improve
the quality of their lives.
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Eligible organizations are existing grantees or new organizations,
including any state or public or private entity that proposes to
serve the same areas or populations currently being served by the
for individuals seeking services
The Black Lung Clinics Program grantees provide for individuals
seeking outreach, educational and counseling services, and medical
screening, treatment and diagnosis for themselves and family members.
Services are available to patients regardless of their ability to
pay. The link to the Black Lung Program Grantees lists
Department of Labor
of Coal Mine Workers Compensation Program
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
for Occupational Safety and Health
HRSA, Office of Rural Health Policy
Telephone: (301) 594-4438
Fax: (301) 443-2803