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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: I receive my black lung benefits through the Social Security Administration at the beginning of each month. Am I entitled to medical benefits?

Answer: If you were awarded monthly black lung benefits under Social Security, you are not automatically entitled to receive medical benefits. You must have filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor on or before December 31, 1980, in order to be considered and approved for medical benefits.



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