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Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis: Black Lung Benefits

Federal Black Lung Program: Number of beneficiaries and total payments by the Social Security Administration and Department of Labor, 1980–2005
Table showing Federal Black Lung Program: Number of beneficiaries and total payments by the Social Security Administration and Department of Labor, 1980–2005

Note:  The SSA was assigned initial responsibility for administering the Black Lung benefits program. The DOL assumed responsibility for processing and paying claims on July 1, 1973. Most claims filed prior to July 1, 1973 remain within the jurisdiction of SSA, which also continues to be responsible for processing and paying claims filed by the survivors of these miners. The dollar amounts from the DOL are for fiscal years. See Appendix for information about data source.

Source:  Social Security Bulletin Annual Statistical Supplement (annual reports) and Black Lung Benefits Act Annual Report to Congress (annual reports).

Reference Number: 2007T02-13

Date Posted: June 2008

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