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Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Labor Standards.

Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases

hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, first session, hearings held in Uniontown, PA, May 3; Wise, VA, June 7; Washington, DC, July 11; and Wilkes-Barre, PA, September 9, 1985.

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Labor Standards.

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Published by U.S. G.P.O. in Washington .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States.
    • Subjects:
    • Lungs -- Dust diseases -- Law and legislation -- United States,
    • Workers" compensation -- Law and legislation -- United States,
    • Insurance, Disability -- Law and legislation -- United States,
    • Administrative courts -- United States,
    • Court congestion and delay -- United States

    • Classifications
      LC ClassificationsKF27 .E348 1985
      The Physical Object
      Paginationiv, 206 p. :
      Number of Pages206
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL2343956M
      LC Control Number86601292


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Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases: hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, first session, hearings held in Uniontown, PA, May 3 ; Wise, VA, June 7 ; Washington, DC, July 11 ; and Wilkes-Barre, PA, September 9, A spokeswoman told the Tribune-Review the Labor Department had a backlog of 2, black lung cases in Septemberthe latest figures available.

Black lung, or pneumoconiosis, is an incurable and potentially fatal disease caused by inhaling coal dust. In response to a one-year investigation into the black lung program by the Center for Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases book Integrity, the Department of Labor has contacted about 1, people whose claims were appealed by the.

The number of pending cases that fall under the Federal Black Lung Program with the U.S. Department of Labor has increased by 18 percent over the past nine years. Inthere were 2, cases; bythat had grown to 2, Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases: hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, first session, hearings held in Uniontown, PA, May 3; Wise, VA, June 7; Washington, DC, July 11; and Wilkes-Barre, PA, September 9, Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases [microform]: hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, first session, hearings held in Uniontown, PA, May 3; Wise, VA, June 7; Washington, DC, July 11; and Wilkes-Barre, PA, September 9,   In a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIOSH confirms cases of progressive massive fibrosis or complicated black lung in three clinics in.

Submitting OIG-Specific Report Number: Location(s). The problem has been further exacerbated by sequestration. In view of the mismatch between resources and workload, the accumulated backlog for OALJ cases (including black lung, wage and hour, longshore and harbor, whistleblower, immigration, and other statutes) has grown by over 30% in just the past two years to o cases.

Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia An NPR investigation has documented dramatic spikes in complicated black lung, the most serious stage of the deadly coal miners' disease. Special. The cluster, identified following an investigation by National Public Radio, adds to a growing Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases book of evidence that a new black lung epidemic is emerging in central Appalachia, even as the Trump administration begins to review Obama-era coal dust limits.

The severity. DOL Appeals is the portal for the Department of Labor's formal adjudications, such as Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases book lung and longshore workers' Investigation of the backlog in black lung cases book programs, nuclear and environmental whistleblower cases, OFCCP enforcement actions, Workforce Investment Act disputes, permanent and temporary alien labor certications, and a wide variety of other case types.

How Can the U.S. Fix The Case Backlog of Black-Lung-Stricken Miners. Congressional leaders and labor officials convened this week to address a. To address cases at this level, Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith issued a memo to the offices of all regional solicitors, the government attorneys who can intervene in black lung cases.

Often, a miner is unable to find a lawyer because the system offers few incentives for attorneys to take a case. Additionally, there is a backlog of thousands of black lung compensation cases pending before administrative law judges. An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and ABC News  unearthed evidence that coal mining companies largely avoid compensating miners who have contracted black lung.

The department’s administrative law judges hear cases arising from dozens of labor-related laws and programs, but black lung and longshore workers’ compensation cases make up the most. There is an accumulated backlog of more t cases before the department’s 36 judges, according to : Sam Kusic.

Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis—known as black lung disease or simply black lung—results from long-term exposure to coal dust. The small particles build up in the lungs over time, since the body can’t expel them, leading to inflammation, fibrosis (the buildup of excess connective tissue), and in the worst-case scenario, necrosis (cellular death).

National Black Lung Association Submits SCOTUS Brief Asking Court Not to Worsen Delays in Black Lung Cases By Tarence Ray, Ap On Monday, Apthe Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that could have serious consequences for current and future recipients of federal black lung benefits.

Wheeler had not confirmed a single case of severe black lung in more than 1, cases he evaluated between andaccording to an investigation by reporter Chris Hamby of the Center for. As the epidemic of black lung disease continues in Appalachian coal country, Stanley is one of many Kentucky miners caught up in changes to state law limiting who can diagnose black lung.

At the end of the 20th century, black lung, a common term for several respiratory diseases caused by coal mine dust exposure, hit an all-time low. Experts reported just 31 cases Author: Marissa Fessenden.

Directs the Secretary to report to Congress a strategy to reduce the backlog of black lung cases pending before the Office of Administrative Law Judges of the Department of Labor. Directs the General Accountability Office (GAO) to report to Congress on any barriers to health care faced by coal miners with black lung disease.

Their investigation centered around the Dr. Paul Wheeler, a radiologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, who reportedly discovered no signs of black lung disease in the over 1, cases he reviewed since.

Labor officials said they would begin to address an enormous backlog of unresolved black lung cases – believed to be more t of them – by adding more than $ million to the program’s budget. Casey urged them to seek a $10 million increase in the next federal budget “to not only stop Author: MATTHEW MOSK.

There is currently a backlog of roughly 3, black lung cases pending before the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, according to the Labor Department. eliminate the current backlog of black lung case appeals by 21 percent; adding 6 judges would reduce the time by 28 percent.

We continue to work on many important audits. For more details, I invite you to review our recently issued audit work plan for FYwhich can be found in the appendix of this report.

In view of the mismatch between resources and workload, the accumulated backlog for OALJ cases (including black lung, wage and hour, longshore and harbor, whistleblower, immigration, and other statutes) has grown by over 30% in just the past two years to o cases.

Cases of black lung fell by 90 percent after the law was passed. But over the coming decades, as miners started working far longer hours, the problem came back in a big way.

There is currently a backlog of roughly 3, black lung cases pending before the Labor Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges, according to the Labor Department.

Sen. Robert Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chaired the hearing, noted that has been a spike of black lung cases in recent years.

Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of Labor must report to Congress a strategy to reduce the backlog of black lung cases pending before the Office of Administrative Law Judges. And starting in we’ll be tracking Congress’s oversight investigations.

The leader of the unit, Dr. Paul Wheeler, had never found a single case of severe black lung in more than 1, cases dating tothe investigation found.

The legislation does not mention Wheeler or Johns Hopkins by name, but it references “a certain physician employed at a prominent medical center.”. See e.g., Hearings on Investigation of Backlog in Black Lung Cases before the Subcommittee on Labor Standards of the House Committee on Education and Labor, 99th Cong., 1st Sess.

() (statement of attorney Thomas Makowski) ("Through the years, the standards have gotten more rigorous with regard to the sufficiency of evidence needed to. The coal fraud case has put the focus on industry cheating as a possible factor contributing to the recent surge in black lung cases.

“I. Black Lung News Roundup Following July 22 Senate Hearing By Evan B. Smith, J The past week saw a lot of news coverage of black lung issues following the Senate hearing on Tuesday July 22nd (see previous post).).

In attendance at the hearing were Senators Casey (PA), Harkin (IA), and Isakson (GA). "While our investigation is ongoing, nobody at Hopkins -- including Dr.

Wheeler -- is performing" black lung X-ray d by phone in June, Wheeler said he hopes to. Greene Co. man speaks about his fight for black lung benefits law judges to address the growing backlog of black lung cases. after a groundbreaking investigation by the.

There is currently a backlog of roughly 3, black lung cases pending before the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, according to the Labor Department. WASHINGTON— A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.

"I would like to see that. A investigation by National Public Radio found that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health had under-reported cases of progressive massive fibrosis (a complication of black lung) by at least a factor of NPR identified over 2, cases at certain clinics in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Black Lung. Miner’s Claim. The Black Lung Benefits Act provides monthly benefits to coal miners who are totally disabled by black lung disease caused by working in the coal mining industry. You may also receive additional benefits for family members who are dependent on you and for the cost of your own medical treatment.

Pdf Documents Increased Black Lung Cases in Kentucky. The report describes a cluster of 60 cases of PMF identified in current and former coal miners at one Eastern Kentucky radiology practice. There is currently a backlog of roughly 3, black download pdf cases pending before the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, according to the Labor Department.

Sen. Robert Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chaired the hearing, noted that has been a spike of black lung cases in recent years.ebook Novem Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation To Reform Black Lung Benefits System. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Ebook Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia introduced legislation to help level the playing field for miners battling black lung disease, an ailment caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time that can be debilitating .