Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Other Social Insurance and Veterans' Programs: Black Lung Benefits

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Other Social Insurance and Veterans' Programs: Black Lung Benefits

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Black Lung Benefits

The Black Lung benefit program established by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 provides monthly benefit payments to coal miners totally disabled as a result of pneumoconiosis, to the widows of coal miners who died as a result of pneumoconiosis, and to their dependents. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the payment and administration of benefits-miner, survivor, and dependent-with respect to claims filed through June 30, 1973 (and certain survivor cases, before December 31, 1973). These payments are financed from the general funds of the Treasury. Beginning July 1, 1973, under the Black Lung Benefits Act of 197, the Department of Labor has jurisdiction over all new claims. Different financing provisions are applicable to these claims. Data on claims filed with the Department of Labor are not included in the tables in this Supplement.

Under the law, the basic Black Lung benefit rate is 37-1/2 percent of the monthly pay rate for Federal employees in the first step of grade GS-2. The basic rate to a miner or widow may be increased according to the number of qualified dependents-50 percent of the basic benefit rate if one dependent qualifies, 75 percent for two dependents, and 100 percent for three or more dependents. …

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