Black Lung Programs: MSHA, Benefits and Challenges


Ross D. Blodgett (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures

BISAC: POL000000

The federal government pays benefits to coal miners affected by coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP, commonly referred to as black lung disease) and other lung diseases linked to coal mining in cases where responsible mine operators are not able to pay. This book looks at the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s coal dust rules and provides background information and policy options concerning the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Breathless and Betrayed: What is MSHA Doing to Protect Miners from The Resurgence of Black Lung Disease?
(House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections)

Chapter 2. Black Lung Benefits Program: Improved Oversight of Coal Mine Operator Insurance is Needed
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 3. Black Lung Benefits Program: Options for Improving Trust Fund Finances
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 4. Black Lung Benefits Program: Oversight is Needed to Address Trust Fund Solvency Strained by Bankruptcies
(Cindy Brown Barnes – United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 5. The Black Lung Program, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and the Excise Tax on Coal: Background and Policy Options
(Scott D. Szymendera and Molly F. Sherlock – Congressional Research Service)


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