4/15/2014 4:01 PM
by Rachael Cardin
MOUNT HOPE - Local health care organizations teamed up, and reached out to former mine workers in the community.
Health clinics in Scarbro and Cedar Grove, as well as medical professionals from Charleston, hosted an outreach program on Tuesday in Mount Hope. The event offered assistance to former mine workers as they apply for financial assistance. Organizers said many people who suffer from black lung disease are unaware of potential federal benefits because they never take the time to apply for them.
The application process is the first step and from there the individual is tested for black lung. New River Health Respiratory Therapist, Amanda Jones, said her team is here to help steer these individuals in the right direction.
“A lot of them retire or get sick and have to come out of the mines, then they don't know what to do after the fact so this is a source of a way to help them figure out 'what is my next step?' as far as getting tested and getting their claims going,” said Jones.
Officials at the outreach said they plan to hold more events like this throughout the year.