Steps and Rationale for Action Taken by Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Work of the Social Security Administration in the administration of its responsibilities under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act is described. The responsibilities will be transferred to the Department of Labor 1973. The initial administrative actions taken on passage of the act in 1969, the benefit types and amounts, eligibility criteria and other statutory provisions are described. Benefits are payable to miners with pneumoconiosis arising from work in underground coal mines, and, if they die of the disease, their widows. Benefit offsets are applied when miners are eligible under other programs. Progress in processing claims has been rapid, and has followed a policy of liberal interpretation of the law.
Pulmonary-system-disorders; Legislation; Regulations; Coal-workers; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Coal-miners; Mining-industry;
Papers and Proceedings of the National Conference on Medicine and the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, California, and Department of Community Health Practice, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D. C. (Paper Presented at Washington, D. C., June 15-18, 1970), NIOSH Grant No. 1-R13-EC-0050901