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DOL/OWCP RIN: 1240-AA16 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Black Lung Benefits Act Self-Insurance Requirements 

The Black Lung Benefits Act provides benefits to coal miners who are totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) arising from their employment and to their eligible survivors. The Act requires each coal mine operator to secure the payment of its potential benefits liability by either qualifying as a self-insurer or by purchasing and maintaining a commercial insurance contract. The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is responsible for authorizing coal mine operators to self-insure and for setting the appropriate security amounts. Appropriate security helps protect the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which pays benefits when operators fail to make payments due to bankruptcy or other reasons. As part of its ongoing efforts to reform the self-insurance program to ensure that operators are adequately securing their liabilities, OWCP proposes to update its regulations for authorizing operators to self-insure and for determining appropriate security amounts.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 726   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 933(a), 936   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Chance
Director, Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation
Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room C-3520,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:800 347-2502
Fax:202 693-1395