On March 30, 2012, DOL issued a proposed rule regarding the changes in this section.
SEC. 1556. EQUITY FOR CERTAIN ELIGIBLE SURVIVORS.
(a) REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION.—Section 411(c)(4) of the Black
Lung Benefits Act (30 U.S.C. 921(c)(4)) is amended by striking the
(b) CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS.—Section 422(l) of the Black
Lung Benefits Act (30 U.S.C. 932(l)) is amended by striking ‘‘, except
with respect to a claim filed under this part on or after the
effective date of the Black Lung Benefits Amendments of 1981’’.
(c) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section
shall apply with respect to claims filed under part B or part C of
the Black Lung Benefits Act (30 U.S.C. 921 et seq., 931 et seq.)
after January 1, 2005, that are pending on or after the date of enactment
of this Act.