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HB 452 (BR 1023) - B. Yonts, R. Nelson

     AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.
     Amend KRS 342.316 to delete consensus procedure in black lung claims, require two "B" reader X-ray interpretations to be filed with application for benefits; permit administrative law judge to grant controlling weight to treating physician based on the relationship with the miner and credibility of treating physician's opinion, and make new procedure for black lung applicable to claims not assigned to an administrative law judge on the effective date of the Act; amend KRS 342.732 to reduce the age a miner can receive a retraining benefit cash option from 57 years to 52 years; amend KRS 342.792 to permit reopening and reconsideration of claims under new procedures until December 12, 2009, or as provided in KRS 342.316(4)(a), whichever is longer; amend KRS 342.794 and 342.270 to conform.

     Feb 13-introduced in House
     Feb 14-to Labor & Industry (H)
     Feb 15-posted in committee

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