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Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

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Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease.

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Black Lung Disease Surges as Support for Miners Dwindles

A recent study shows that black lung disease in Appalachian coal miners is at a 25-year high — but federal taxes on coal companies that help compensate affected miners are set to expire next year.

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Coal Mine Deaths Rise in 2017, Agency to Reconsider Black Lung Rule

Coal mining fatalities are nearly double what they were last year, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would revisit a rule intended to protect miners from black lung disease.

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New Mine Safety Standards Survive Industry Challenge

Despite challenges from industry groups, a federal court has upheld new mine safety standards that will go into effect on Feb. 1.

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Advancing Quality of Life for Patients with Black Lung

Rural pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients struggling with black lung disease improve their well-being.

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Black lung disease reaches near-record levels

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released research on the “entirely preventable” resurgence of black lung among coal miners.

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