Alleged Irregularities in Awarding Black Lung Benefits to a Miner

B-164031(4): Feb 16, 1973

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A Senator requested GAO investigate an anonymous letter he received regarding a resident of Ridgeview who was receiving black lung benefits, although the people in his community did not recall his ever working in the coal mines.
 
This letter serves as an interim report on the matter.

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare should arrange for SSA to strengthen the claims adjudicators' knowledge of eligibility requirements, case documentation requirements, and methods for determining whether (1) black lung is present or absent, and (2) miners are totally disabled due to the disease. Also, the Secretary should insure that a sufficient number of disability tests are properly administered to miners and that the test results are properly calculated, adjusted, and reported to SSA.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

 

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