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

Will Wright
March 7, 2019
Lexington Herald Leader

A bill that would have rescinded restrictions on the types of physicians who can diagnose black lung disease will likely not get a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year … The proposal’s likely failure comes amid the largest resurgence of black lung in decades, one that has left more than 20 percent of Central Appalachian coal miners with the deadly and incurable disease.

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