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DEEOIC Medical Provider Update

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The U.S. Department of Labor- Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs- Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness has issued an update to instructions for regarding OWCP-1500 Field 5 Submissions.

“Effective May 5, 2019, DEEOIC will enforce completion of Field 5 on the OWCP-1500 Health Insurance Claim Form. When submitting the OWCP-1500, providers are required to enter the patient’s mailing address and zip code in Field 5. If Field 5 is incomplete, DEEOIC will return the OWCP-1500 and the provider will be required to resubmit the form with the required information.”

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US DOL: Senior Level Former Coal Company Officials In Kentucky Charged For Defrauding Regulators About Black-Lung Causing Risks To Miners

Category : News

“United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the charging of an additional former supervisor and safety official from Armstrong Coal, in addition to the eight previous officials charged by a federal grand jury, for conspiracy to defraud an agency of the United States government by deceit, trickery, and dishonest means. ”

Read more below in the US DOLs News release:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/msha/msha20190227


$291 million to Clean Up and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

Category : News

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced that more than $291 million in funds will be distributed to states and tribes in an effort to eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by former coal mining. The most allocated will be going to Wyoming, who is receiving $87,833,889.

Click below for the US Department of the Interiors News Release.
https://www.osmre.gov/resources/newsroom/News/2019/031919_AMLdistribution.pdf

Click below to see an article on it pertaining to IN.
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/indiana-gets-8.1m-to-clean,-repurpose-old-coal-mines.php


News on Federal Black Lung Funding

Congress established the Black Lung trust fund in 1978. The tax rate used to fund it expired on Dec. 31, 2018, and has since been cut in half, leaving many beneficiaries uncertain of what will happen next.

Below are links to articles regarding the current state of federal Black Lung funding.

  • AP News Break: Congress’ Inaction Endangers Black Lung Fund
  • NY Times: With Black Lung Fund in Jeopardy, Taxpayers Could Fit the Bill
  • KHN: Expected Shortfalls For Black Lung Fund Will Be Covered By Taxpayers Instead Of Coal Companies