Kentucky Lawmakers Limit Black Lung Claims Reviews Despite Epidemic

Howard Berkes
April 1, 2018
NPR | Ohio Valley ReSource

A measure signed into law in Kentucky this past week would prevent federally-certified radiologists from judging X-rays in state black lung compensation claims, leaving diagnoses of the disease mostly to physicians who typically work for coal companies.

The changes are part of sweeping reforms to Kentucky workers' compensation law, known as House Bill 2.

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