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Chronic Disease in Rural America News

News stories from the past 60 days.

'Fundamental Shift' Needed To Protect Miners From Deadly Black Lung
Jun 28, 2018 - Details a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) which found that new and tougher rules to protect coal miners from the coal and silica dust that causes black lung disease may not be enough. More than compliance is needed, according to this study, to address the fact that Central Appalachia has the highest rates of this disease in 25 years.
Source: NPR
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Reaching Rural Residents
Jun 19, 2018 - HIV.gov interview with Kristine Sande, Program Director of the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), on barriers to and strategies for reaching rural Americans with information and resources related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
Source: HIV.gov Blog
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OWCP: Black Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit Payments Federal Register
Jun 14, 2018 - This final rule revises the regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act governing the payment of medical benefits and maintains the level of care available to miners. The final rule establishes methods for determining the amounts that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund will pay for covered medical services and treatments provided to entitled miners to more accurately reflect prevailing community rates for authorized treatments and services. In addition, it eliminates two provisions considered obsolete. This rule will be effective August 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule to Update Payment Of Medical Benefits Under Black Lung Benefits Act
Jun 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a final rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act, which provides compensation and payment for medical services to miners who are totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. The new regulations adopt industry-standard payment formulas, codify the black lung program's current payment practice for prescription drug payments, and its bill-processing procedures.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
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Last Updated: 7/5/2018