Exclusive: New Bill Aims To Stop Coal Companies From Denying Benefits To Miners With Black Lung
Coal companies are supposed pay compensation to miners who contract the dreaded disease, but the companies have devised ways to get out of paying. The bill attempts to shut down those schemes. Update: This post now includes information from a conference call with one of the bill's sponsors.
More Than 1,000 Miners Might Have Been Wrongly Denied Black Lung Benefits, Government Says
The Department of Labor has told coal miners that a Johns Hopkins doctor might have wrongly ruled out that they have the disease, effectively denying them benefits. The government is responding to a series of investigative stories published last year by the Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABC News.