WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Federal Black Lung Program will host four outreach events in Pennsylvania from April 8-11 for current and former coal miners suffering disabilities related to black lung disease, and their families to assist them in filing or refiling claims for benefits. Administered by the department’s Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation, the Federal Black Lung Program currently provides benefits to about 1,600 people in Pennsylvania. The program holds similar events throughout the nation including, most recently in West Virginia from March 19-21, 2024, as part of its commitment to ensure eligible individuals can claim and receive benefits in a timely manner. “The U.S. Department of Labor encourages current and former coal miners, and their survivors, to attend one of these outreach events to learn more about their eligibility for benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act,” said Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Director Mike Chance. “Attendees can get help with filing or refiling claims and get information on eligibility and the adjudication process.”Events are open to the public and do not require pre-registration to attend. They will be as follows: DateLocationAddressCityTimeApril 8Indiana Free Library845 Philadelphia St.Indiana11 a.m.-7 p.m.April 9Indiana Free Library845 Philadelphia St.Indiana10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.April 10Pottsville Free Public Library215 W. Market St.Pottsville11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.April 11Pottsville Free Public Library215 W. Market St.Pottsville9 a.m.-7 p.m.For more information and assistance on submitting any bills for black lung related medical treatment, services, or medical supplies, contact the Federal Black Lung Program at 1-800-347-2502. Read important information about filing a claim for benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act.Learn more about OWCP. 

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