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Black Lung Benefits

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House Bill 75 would repeal language in the 2018 workers' comp law limiting who can perform evaluations in occupational disease claims; this law has been used to make it much harder for miners with black lung disease to qualify for compensation.

Learn more about the crisis in black lung in Fixing What's Broke.

The provisions of HB 75 also were included in House Bill 350, a broader workers' comp bill.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Reps. Angie Hatton, Robert Goforth & Travis Brenda

HB 75 and HB 350 were assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House leaders did not allow either to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

Read: Black lung is surging, but bill to undo limits on doctors stalls without a hearing

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Supports