ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 18, 1971
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(Studio) Technicality prevents many miners from recing. benefits due to black lung or pneumoconiosis. House fails to change technicality.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Beckley, West Virginia) January 1969 film was shown in which man sings of black lung woes to group of miners. Law passed in 1969. Miner, Gomer Conkell, requires 4 hrs. per day on respirator. His disability total; gets $306 mo. James Audrick not eligible because not enough black lung shows up on x-rays. [West Virginia Social Security Representative John DARLING - says Audrick's tests show has breathing capacity within normal limits.] [Appalachian Reg. Hospital Dr. Don RASMUSSEN - says test can be normal for severely disabled man.] Tests shown. These men caught in middle between doctors and government regulations.
REPORTER: David Snell