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Pennsylvania Black Lung Coalition
Black Lung Program at UPMC Altoona
The Pennsylvania Black Lung Coalition is an independent, federally-funded partnership designed to help coal miners and others suffering from Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to gain medical attention and compensation necessary for a better quality of life.

Get tested now:

If you have worked in the coal industry, have a breathing problem, or suspect you might have black lung or other occupational lung disease, you should be tested. Even if you are not showing any symptoms, black lung can still be present. Black lung is progressive and may happen long after you leave the coal mines. Having a baseline now will also help with comparisons in the future.

If you believe you have an occupational lung disease, you may be eligible for benefits under the Federal Black Lung Act. Our benefits counselors and lay representative can help you navigate the process from application to compensation.

Testing will be paid for by the U.S. Department of Labor if you file a Federal Black Lung claim. If you are interested in testing only and are insured, your insurance may be billed.

Clinical services we provide include:

  • Testing for Federal Black Lung Benefits
  • Physical evaluation by a board-certified pulmonologist
  • Diagnostic tests including a chest x-ray, EKG, laboratory services, arterial blood gas testing, and complete pulmonary function testing
  • Medical treatment and referral for pulmonary disorders
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Influenza vaccinations
  • Education about respiratory diseases for patients and families

UPMC Altoona's Black Lung Clinic also provides free assistance by offering:

  • Help in applying for Black Lung and other benefits
  • Help in checking claim status for state or federal black lung or hearing loss
  • Help with determining available medical benefits
  • Help determining eligibility and deadlines
  • An experienced Black Lung lay advocate to help you understand the legal process and referral for further legal assistance if needed
  • Individual treatment plan
  • Follow-up services as needed
  • Care coordination of all services

Eligibility

You may be eligible to receive services at Altoona Regional's Black Lung Clinic if you have a breathing problem and have been diagnosed with one of the following:
  • Black lung
  • Brown lung
  • Silicosis
  • Asbestos
  • White lung
  • Emphysema
  • Occupational asthma
  • Occupational bronchitis
Patients may be self-referred, referred by a physician, the clinic outreach worker, the United States Department of Labor, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, legal counsel, the United Mine Workers of America, or other sources.

Contact Us

Call today for an appointment:
UPMC Altoona Black Lung Program
620 Howard Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
814-889-2853 or 1-866-538-9884

Additional Resources

For more information please visit the links below:

Black Lung Center of Excellence
www.blacklungcoe.org

Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)
www.dol.gov/owcp/dcmwc/

The National Coalition of Black Lung and Respiratory Disease Clinics, Inc.
blacklungcoalition.org/

United Mine Workers of America
umwa.org/

Department of Labor District offices close to our clinic:

Johnstown District Office:
814-619-7777
1-800-347-3754

Greensburg District Office:
724-836-7230
1-800-347-3753

"This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H37RH00064 Black Lung/Coal Miner Clinics Program (H37). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government."



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