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DOL/OWCP RIN: 1240-AA11 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: ●Black Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit Payments 

Coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis and found entitled to monetary compensation under the Black Lung Benefits Act are also entitled to medical benefits for treatment of their disease and associated disability. The current program regulations generally provide that payment for medical treatment and services is capped at the rate prevailing in the community where the service provider is located but provide no method for determining that rate.  To fill this gap for medical benefit payments made from the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, OWCP will propose rules incorporating the fee schedule used in other OWCP-administered programs.  OWCP had previously included this topic in RIN 1240-AA10 but has since decided to propose these rules in a separate NPRM.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 725   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 932(a)    30 U.S.C. 936   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Chance
Director, Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation
Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room C-3520,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:800 347-2502
Fax:202 693-1395