Lungs at Work Black Lung and Respiratory Disease Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for people suffering from Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis or “Black Lung” and other occupational lung diseases. We primarily serve patients from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Our clinic utilizes a holistic approach of service delivery to coal miners who suffer from occupationally acquired respiratory impairments, as well as to those patients who suffer from other respiratory diseases. Our clients include active, inactive, retired and disabled miners.
Our clinic services include screening, diagnosis, and preventative care for respiratory infections. We also provide medical treatment and physicals, x-rays with b-reading, laboratory services, patient education, pulmonary rehabilitation, complete breathing testing, arterial blood gas testing, smoking cessation and hearing screenings as well as advocacy, support and benefits counseling, services which extend to the widows of miners as well. Our goal is for Pennsylvania to become a leader in providing medical and legal services to this very worthy group of people.
Lungs at Work offered the full range of medical and lay advocacy services in 2014. Our clinic served 628 medical users in 2014, 567 of whom were coal miners. In addition, we participated in over 1,397 medical and benefits counseling encounters with our coal miners. Lynda Glagola, the clinic’s lay advocate, has represented dozens of miners and their widows in their claims for benefits. Lungs at Work assisted 60 clients with filing their claims for Federal Black Lung Benefits and we received 19 awards in 2014. The total monetary amount received by clients of Lungs at Work as a result of our efforts since inception of the lay advocacy program in 2006 is $6,599,062. In addition to the monetary awards, these miners now have a black lung medical card which will pay for all lung related medical care. It is our objective to ensure that all eligible persons in Pennsylvania have access to the help they need throughout the complicated benefits process.
The clinic works cooperatively with the local UMWA Health and Retirement Funds staff in a joint influenza immunization campaign. Influenza vaccinations are also given at four Consolidation Coal mines. Over 413 flu shots were given as part of these outreach events and retired and active miners were informed about the clinic and its services.
In the summer of 2014 Lungs at Work attended health fairs at four local Consol Energy facilities. We performed and explained pulmonary function screenings to nearly 389 active miners. Clinic brochures were given to these workers as a resource for treatment. Although many working miners do not take the time for health care, these events serve to educate them about the location and types of services which are available when they are ready to access them.
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