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Black Lung Clinics Program

The purpose of the Black Lung Clinics Program is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease through the provision of quality medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services for active, inactive, retired, and disabled US coal miners.

HRSA awarded approximately $11.2 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to the recipients below for the Black Lung Clinics Program.  Black Lung Clinics receive grant funding from HRSA to seek out and provide services to coal miners, whether they are currently involved in mining or not. Services are available to patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay.

Grantee Organization City State
Canyonlands Healthcare Page AZ
National Jewish Health Denver CO
University of Illinois - Chicago Chicago IL
Big Sandy Health Care Prestonsburg KY
Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Greenville KY
Miners’ Colfax Medical Center Raton NM
Genesis Healthcare System Zanesville OH
UPMC Altoona Altoona PA
Lungs at Work Canonsburg PA
Centerville Clinic Fredericktown PA
Community Health of East Tennessee Lafollette TN
Stone Mountain Health Services Jonesville VA
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Charleston WV
Reynolds Memorial Hospital Glen Dale WV
Northwest Community Action Programs of Wyoming Worland WY

Celebrating 40 Years

The Black Lung Clinics Program is marking its 40th anniversary of supporting coal miners throughout the country with funding for medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services. From 1979 to today, take a look at the history, progress, and personal impact that BLCP has had on miners' lives.

Services

  • Outreach
  • Primary care (including screening, diagnosis and treatment)
  • Patient and family education and counseling (including anti-smoking education)
  • Patient care and coordination (including individual patient care plans for all patients and referrals as indicated)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

The 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.

Services may be provided either directly by grantees or through formal arrangements with appropriate health care providers, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, state health departments, mobile vans and clinics.

Authorizing Legislation

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. 

Read the Legislation (PDF - 61 KB)

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020