20 CFR 725.701 - Availability of medical benefits.

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§ 725.701 Availability of medical benefits.
(a) A miner who is determined to be eligible for benefits under this part or part 727 of this subchapter (see § 725.4(d)) is entitled to medical benefits as set forth in this subpart as of the date of his or her claim, but in no event before January 1, 1974. No medical benefits shall be provided to the survivor or dependent of a miner under this part.
(b) A responsible operator, other employer, or where there is neither, the fund, shall furnish a miner entitled to benefits under this part with such medical, surgical, and other attendance and treatment, nursing and hospital services, medicine and apparatus, and any other medical service or supply, for such periods as the nature of the miner's pneumoconiosis and disability requires.
(c) The medical benefits referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section shall include palliative measures useful only to prevent pain or discomfort associated with the miner's pneumoconiosis or attendant disability.
(d) The costs recoverable under this subpart shall include the reasonable cost of travel necessary for medical treatment (to be determined in accordance with prevailing United States government mileage rates) and the reasonable documented cost to the miner or medical provider incurred in communicating with the employer, carrier, or district director on matters connected with medical benefits.
(e) If a miner receives a medical service or supply, as described in this section, for any pulmonary disorder, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the disorder is caused or aggravated by the miner's pneumoconiosis. The party liable for the payment of benefits may rebut the presumption by producing credible evidence that the medical service or supply provided was for a pulmonary disorder apart from those previously associated with the miner's disability, or was beyond that necessary to effectively treat a covered disorder, or was not for a pulmonary disorder at all.
(f) Evidence that the miner does not have pneumoconiosis or is not totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment is insufficient to defeat a request for coverage of any medical service or supply under this subpart. In determining whether the treatment is compensable, the opinion of the miner's treating physician may be entitled to controlling weight pursuant to § 718.104(d). A finding that a medical service or supply is not covered under this subpart shall not otherwise affect the miner's entitlement to benefits.

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  • 2014-04-17; vol. 79 # 74 - Thursday, April 17, 2014
    1. 79 FR 21606 - Black Lung Benefits Act: Standards for Chest Radiographs
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      DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
      Final rule.
      This rule is effective May 19, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of May 19, 2014.
      20 CFR Parts 718 and 725

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United States Code

§ 901 - Short title

§ 902 - Definitions

§ 903 - Coverage

§ 904 - Liability for compensation

§ 905 - Exclusiveness of liability

§ 906 - Compensation

§ 907 - Medical services and supplies

§ 908 - Compensation for disability

§ 909 - Compensation for death

§ 910 - Determination of pay

§ 911 - Guardian for minor or incompetent

§ 912 - Notice of injury or death

§ 913 - Filing of claims

§ 914 - Payment of compensation

§ 915 - Invalid agreements

§ 916 - Assignment and exemption from claims of creditors

§ 917 - Lien against compensation

§ 918 - Collection of defaulted payments; special fund

§ 919 - Procedure in respect of claims

§ 920 - Presumptions

§ 921 - Review of compensation orders

§ 921a - Appearance of attorneys for Secretary, deputy commissioner, or Board

§ 922 - Modification of awards

§ 923 - Procedure before deputy commissioner or Board

§ 924 - Witnesses

§ 925 - Witness fees

§ 926 - Costs in proceedings brought without reasonable grounds

§ 927 - Powers of deputy commissioners or Board

§ 928 - Fees for services

§ 929 - Record of injury or death

§ 930 - Reports to Secretary

§ 931 - Penalty for misrepresentation

§ 932 - Security for compensation

§ 933 - Compensation for injuries where third persons are liable

§ 934 - Compensation notice

§ 935 - Substitution of carrier for employer

§ 936 - Insurance policies

§ 937 - Certificate of compliance with chapter

§ 938 - Penalties

§ 939 - Administration by Secretary

§ 940 - Deputy commissioners

§ 941 - Safety rules and regulations

§ 942 - Annual report

§ 943 - Repealed.

§ 944 - Special fund

§ 945 to 947 - Repealed.

§ 948 - Laws inapplicable

§ 948a - Discrimination against employees who bring proceedings; penalties; deposit of payments in special fund; civil actions; entitlement...employer for penalties and payments; insurance policy exemption from liability

§ 949 - Effect of unconstitutionality

§ 950 - Separability

Presidential Documents

Reorganization ... 1950 Plan No. 6

Title 20 published on 2012-04-01

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  • 2015-04-29; vol. 80 # 82 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    1. 80 FR 23743 - Black Lung Benefits Act: Disclosure of Medical Information and Payment of Benefits
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      DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
      Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments.
      The Department invites written comments on the proposed regulations from interested parties. Written comments must be received by June 29, 2015.
      20 CFR Part 725