§23-4B-2. Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund established.
For the relief of persons who are entitled to receive benefits by virtue of Title IV of the federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, as amended, for claims incurred under said Act, including all claims where the date of last exposure is on or before the thirty-first day of December, two thousand five, without regard to the date the claim is filed, there is continued a fund to be known as the Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund, which fund shall be separate from the Workers' Compensation Fund. The Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund shall consist of premiums and other funds paid to the fund by employers, subject to the provisions of Title IV of the federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, as amended, who shall elect to subscribe to the fund to ensure the payment of benefits required by the Act for claims incurred under said Act, including all claims where the date of last exposure is on or before the thirty-first day of December, two thousand five, without regard to the date the claim is filed.

The State Treasurer shall be the custodian of the Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund and all premiums, deposits or other moneys paid to the fund shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund. Disbursements from the fund shall be made upon requisition signed by the Executive Director of the Workers' Compensation Commission to those persons entitled to participate in the fund: Provided, That effective upon the termination of the Workers' Compensation Commission, disbursement from the Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund shall be made upon requisitions signed by the Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner shall collect any unpaid premium and deposit the same in said fund. The West Virginia Investment Management Board may invest any surplus, reserve or other moneys belonging to the Coal-Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund in accordance with article six, chapter twelve of this code.