We fund the Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP). This program treats coal miners with job-related coal mine dust lung disease.
Who does BLCP help?
The program serves active, inactive, retired, and disabled US coal miners.
Does BLCP serve patients directly?
We fund Black Lung Clinics. These clinics may serve patients directly or through health care providers such as:
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
- State health departments
- Mobile vans
What services does BLCP support?
- Outreach and education to raise awareness of Black Lung diseases
- Primary care (including screening, diagnosis, and treatment)
- Patient and family education (including anti-smoking education)
- Benefits counseling (including state and federal compensation programs)
- Patient care and coordination (including individual patient care plans and referrals as needed)
- Pulmonary rehabilitation to improve breathing
Can my facility participate?
Any state or public or private entity may apply. All applicants, at a minimum, must provide certain services to coal miners in their service area. Federally recognized tribes or tribal organizations that want to apply are eligible if they conduct all proposed activities within federally recognized tribal areas.
Who are the awardees?
We awarded approximately $11.2 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to the following grantees:
|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|
|Lungs at Work||Canonsburg||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|
Black Lung Data and Resource Center (BLDRC)
BLDRC improves patient-level data collection and analysis, clinic operations, and the quality and breadth of services that BLCP recipients provide.
Black Lung Program – 340B Program Savings
Black Lung Clinics can participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program to save money on prescription drugs and use those savings to improve and expand patient care.
Black Lung Clinics Program 2017-2020 Cohort Snapshot (PDF - 1 MB)
This provides information on each of the 15 awardees across the 2017 – 2020 cohort, including demographics, promising practices, challenges, and major accomplishments.
Department of Labor
Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Program
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program
Celebrating 40 Years
In 2019 BLCP celebrated 40 years of supporting coal miners throughout the country. View the history, progress, and impact of BLCP on miners' lives.