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Black Lung Clinics Program

The Ohio Black Lung Clinics Program provides treatment and rehabilitation for individuals exposed to coal dust through current or former employment in the mining industry. Funds are distributed each year from the Ohio Department of Health to clinics that serve these individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

Services for Miners and Former Miners

Services for miners or former miners provided by funded clinics include:

  • Influenza and pneumonia immunizations
  • Physical reconditioning
  • Support group meetings
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Help with filing disability claims

Black Lung Clinics

Individuals can call the clinics listed below to schedule testing for black lung disease or to learn about other provided services. The clinics use a sliding fee scale based on 200 percent of federal poverty levels and accept Medicare, Medicaid and all forms of private insurance. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.

East Ohio Regional Hospital
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Phone: 877-633-4715

Genesis Healthcare Systems
Zanesville, Ohio
Phone: 800-322-4762, extension 4063 

Expectations of clinics receiving funding by the Black Lung Clinics Program include:

  • Outreach
  • Provision of primary care services (including screening, diagnosis and treatment)
  • Patient and family education and counseling (including anti-smoking education)
  • Patient care and coordination (including individual patient care plans for all patients and referrals as indicated)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Annual Coal Miner Appreciation events for both miners and former miners are also generally held during September by the funded clinics.

The Office of Health Equity at the Ohio Department of Health has developed the document linked below that includes a series of thematic maps of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties. These maps show areas with a high concentration of white men ages 35-55 and 55-75, and also show the location of coal mines within Ohio’s Appalachian counties. Clinics may find these materials helpful in efforts to address black lung disease. Please note that the file below is in .PDF format. The free Adobe Acrobat Viewer is required for viewing.

The Black Lung Clinics Program was authorized by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended by the Black Lung Benefits Reform Act of 1977 (Pub. L. 95-239).

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Black Lung Program
Primary Care and Rural Health 
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-8063
Fax: (614) 564-2432

E-mail: BCHS@odh.ohio.gov

Last Reviewed: 11/6/14

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