The coal industry is trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for a tax break at the expense of healthcare and disability benefits for miners with black lung, but miners are pushing back.
CONTACT: Rebecca Shelton, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, firstname.lastname@example.org Willie Dodson, Appalachian Voices, email@example.com (NOTE: Several miners and their family members are available for interviews; images are also available; please contact Rebecca or Willie.) The president of the Black Lung Association…
As coal miners with black lung disease have a heightened risk of complications from coronavirus, black lung healthcare providers work to respond to the global pandemic.
CONTACT: Thom Kay, Senior Legislative Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org Cat McCue, Senior Communications Strategist, email@example.com Washington, D.C. – More than 100 organizations have added their names to a sign-on letter urging leaders in the House of Representatives to prioritize several bills that…
For decades, coal companies ignored a federal requirement to provide enough funds for black lung benefits — and the government let them.
Congress temporarily reinstated a tax on coal companies that funds black lung benefits for miners and their families in December. Advocates continue to push for further protections for coal workers.
Congress reinstated a tax to fund healthcare and benefits for miners with black lung and their families for 2020 — but further action is needed to extend the tax and support the fund for 10 years.
A Senate bill would help fund miners’ pensions, including those affected by recent bankruptcies. In the House, a bill would re-instate a historic tax on coal companies to fund healthcare for miners with black lung disease.
The Black Lung Association has a storied history of fighting for miners’ rights to occupational healthcare. Today, that fight continues as rates of the disease continue to climb.
Coal company bankruptcies are putting the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund in further jeopardy.