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Save the Date! 2017 NCBLRDC Conference

The 2017 National Coalition of Black Lung & Respiratory Disease Clinics (NCBLRDC) Conference is almost here. Conference Dates: September 27-29, 2017 Location: Radisson Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT For more information and to reserve accommodations, visit: http://blacklungcoalition.org/2017-ncblrdc-conference

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Black Lung COE at UIC to host Queensland Australia’s Parliament CWP Select Committee

The Black Lung Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health will host members of the Queensland Australia’s Parliament Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) Select Committee on February 17, 2017. The Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) select committee was established by the Parliament on September 15, 2016 to conduct an inquiry and

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Become a Coal Miner Ambassador!

Coal Miner Ambassador Committee The committee is formed to develop a system to bring advocates interested in helping coal miners learn about the federal black lung claim process to the National Conference. The coal miner advocate will assist coal miners with federal black lung claim applications or assist coal miners with the paperwork process. This

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

“Across Appalachia, coal miners are suffering from the most serious form of the deadly mining disease black lung in numbers more than 10 times what federal regulators report, an NPR investigation has found.” Read the full article from NPR here: http://www.npr.org/2016/12/15/505577680/advanced-black-lung-cases-surge-in-appalachia To hear more about this surge in Black Lung cases and its effects, listen

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Lynda Glagola and the Lungs at Work clinic recognized for work on behalf of miners

The Observer-Reporter has written an article about Lynda Glagola and her work at the Lungs at Work clinic. Read it here: Washington woman honored for her work helping black lung disease claimants

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Miners’ Health Benefits Countdown

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. joined three other senators in issuing a statement saying they would block other legislation unless Congress acts to save health care and pension benefits for thousands of retired coal miners. Read the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Dec. 5, 2016 article here: manchin-threatens-to-block-other-bills-without-umw-benefit-action View it on the Charleston Gazette-Mail website here: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-politics/20161205/manchin-threatens-to-block-other-bills-without-umw-benefit-action

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STAT News article on Trump and Black Lung Benefits

Trump promised to bring back coal. Now some worry he will take away miners’ black lung benefits… Read the full article here: STAT News article View the article on the STAT News website: https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/28/trump-black-lung/

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Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2015 Summary

Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3625) Section-by-Section Summary September, 2015 TITLE I BLACK LUNG BENEFITS Click to view the summary: black-lung-benefits-improvement-act-of-2015-section-by-section

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Rural Opioid Crisis Presentation Slides

National Coalition of Black Lung & Respiratory Disease Clinics Conference Beating Black Lung in the Bluegrass Presentation slides from the Rural Opioid Crisis discussion panel Facilitated by: Allison Hutchings, Project Officer, BLCP, HRSA September 15, 2016 – Lexington, KY rural-opioid-crisis challenges-in-the-provision-of-treatment-for-opioid-use-disorder-in-rural-places rural-access-to-er-devices-for-opioid-overdose  

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2016 West Virginia Black Lung Conference

Pipestem Resort State Park June 8-10, 2016 View the Conference brochure to learn more: 2016 WV Black Lung Conference Brochure

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Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs issues Final Rule

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has issued a Final Rule revising certain regulations to resolve procedural and other issues that have arisen in administering and adjudicating claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Final Rule: Requires all parties to exchange any medical information about the miner that they develop in connection with a

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FREE BLACK LUNG SCREENING

NIOSH’s Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Unit will be in your area soon to conduct black lung screenings. All coal miners are encouraged to stop by the mobile and participate in this free health exam. Typically, the exam takes about 30 minutes and includes a short questionnaire, a chest radiograph, and a spirometry (breathing) test.

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COAL MINERS: Free help filing Black Lung Claims (Dawes, WV)

ATTENTION COAL MINERS FREE HELP WITH FILING FEDERAL BLACK LUNG CLAIMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH FROM 9:00AM – 4:00PM AT CABIN CREEK HEALTH SYSTEMS IN DAWES To file a claim you will need: Proof of your coal mine employment (W2s, pay stubs, or employment letters). Your work history with approximate dates of employment

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ABC Report: Four Queensland Miners Diagnosed with Black Lung

“Four Queensland coal miners have been diagnosed with ‘black lung’ – a potentially fatal disease thought to have been eradicated in Australia more than 60 years ago.” Dr. Cecile Rose from National Jewish Health is featured in this broadcast from Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 01/12/2015 Reporter: Matt Peacock View the video and/or read the transcript

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Donald Rasmussen, M.D., A Lifelong Campaigner Against Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease

Dr. Donald Rasmussen, a champion in the fight against Black Lung, died earlier this year (July 23, 2015). Please visit this link for an oral history interview with Dr. Rasmussen and learn about his work. http://dotson-lewis.blogspot.com/2013/11/coal-miners-black-lung.html

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Excavating the Cardiopulmonary Health Effects of Mining

Excavating the Cardiopulmonary Health Effects of Mining: From National Datasets to Lung Pathology Dr. Robert Cohen presenting at the Research Grand Rounds National Jewish Health Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) Denver, CO – February 26, 2015.

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‘Sweeping Reforms’ Proposed for Black Lung Benefit Program

Read the entire article here: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/09/29/18095/sweeping-reforms-proposed-black-lung-benefit-program

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COPD and Lung Function Reduction

Watch as Dr. Donald Rasmussen and Dr. Robert Cohen discuss lung function impairment due to COPD. Presented at the 2014 NCBLRDC Black Lung Conference. To view more videos from the NCBLRDC Conference and about Black Lung, please visit the National Coalition of Black Lung and Respiratory Disease Clinics, Inc. Website: http://blacklungcoalition.org/videos

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