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Black Lung Program

Southern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program

Call Toll Free: (866) 252-9732 


Through our program, coal miners receive assistance with the diagnosis (finding the cause of illness) and treatment of black lung disease and other breathing disorders. Appointments are preferred.


Our services are FREE


The Southern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program provides the following:

  • Federal Black Lung Application
  • Black Lung Widow’s Claim
  • Case Management
  • Patient Education
  • Social Security Disability Application
  • Community Resource Referrals
  • Home Visits on Request


What is Black Lung Disease?

Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) is a term given to any lung disease caused by dusts that are breathed in and then deposited deep in the lungs causing damage. Pneumoconiosis is usually considered an occupational lung disease and includes asbestosis, silicosis, and Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis, also known as “Black Lung Disease”. –(American Lung Association)

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms are cough and shortness of breath. The risk is generally higher when people have been exposed to coal dust in large amounts or for a long period of time.

Illinois Offices and Outreach Sites:

Shawnee Alliance

6355 Brandhorst Drive, Carterville, IL

Shawnee Health Care

7 South Hospital Drive, Murphysboro, IL

Benton UMWA Office

1530 North Main Street, Benton, IL

Golden Circle/Smith-Moore Center

15 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, IL

Hayer Senior Center

500 West 2nd St., Sparta, IL

Indiana Offices and Outreach Sites:

Southwestern IN Respiratory Disease Program

2901 Ohio Blvd, Suite 235, Terre Haute, IN

Gibson General Hospital

1808 Sherman Drive, Princeton, IN

Glenburn Community Center

509 Glenburn Road, Linton, IN

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