The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Black Lung Clinics Program has awarded $1.9 million in funding to support the West Virginia Black Lung Clinics Program.
The West Virginia Black Lung Clinics Program helps provide primary and specialized health care services for miners and their families, the release said. These clinics also conduct outreach and education in the communities they operate in to provide holistic care to those suffering from black lung and other respiratory illnesses.
“Our miners work hard every day to power America’s economy and provide for their families,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. “We owe it to them to deliver access to the health care services they need to live full, healthy lives."
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., added, "West Virginia currently has 18 Black Lung Clinics and this funding will help these clinics better the lives of individuals who are living with black lung. These clinics help our miners and will insure they are provided the treatment and care they have earned and deserve."
— Wendy Holdren