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DOL/OWCP RIN: 1240-AA11 Publication ID: Spring 2018 
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. The final rule will fill this gap and address how medical providers are reimbursed for covered services when payments are made from the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. 

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
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  01/04/2017  82 FR 739   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/06/2017 
Final Rule  06/00/2018 
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:202 693-0046
Fax:202 693-1395