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Black Lung Benefits / Difficulty #454295

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 15, 1971
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(Studio) Men supposed to get benefits from having black lung disease unable to.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Boomer, West Virginia) Ex-miner, Mike Layton, suffers from black lung; but unable to qualify for benefits because x-rays don't show disease. [LAYTON - says can't walk at all; haven't been outside since June.]
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Beckley, West Virginia) 1/2 of all miners who apply for benefits turned down. Radiologist, Dr. Charles Nelson, critical of Social Security technique to take x-rays. Nelson says x-rays not positive test for black lung.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Baltimore, Maryland) [Dep. Director Social Security Disability and Ins. Samuel CROUCH - says x-ray only practical test. Breathing tests are taken to decide extent of disability.] [Appalachian Hospital Dr. Don. RASMUSSEN - says breathing tests don't show inability to transfer oxygen to blood cells.) Different tests shown. Miners disillusioned with plan.
REPORTER: John Dancy

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John
Duration:
00:03:20

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