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A Kentucky conversation about ways to help pass the RECLAIM Act and strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

You are invited to join a video conference call at 7 pm ET on Monday, August 20, to learn ways Kentuckians can help pass several bills in Congress that are needed to assist disabled, sick, and laid off coal miners and their families and communities.

Kentucky just put doctor shopping into law to help coal companies avoid paying for black lung

On July 14, the coal industry’s doctor-shopping was enshrined in Kentucky law as a spate of new laws took effect.

Coal miners’ lives still matter

If you wonder why black lung disease is not just still killing coal miners but also making a roaring comeback, consider the criminal indictments announced in Owensboro on Wednesday.

A now bankrupt coal company and eight of its managers conspired to cheat on dust monitoring tests and lied about the results in violation of federal law, according to the charges.

Stanley Sturgill tells congressional hearing of attacks on coal miners

In June, Harlan County KFTC member Stanley Sturgill spoke at a congressional forum about poverty hosted by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep Elijah Cummings and coordinated with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Black Lung Benefits Trust Fund fact sheet

This one-page fact sheet describes the urgent need for Congress to secure funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which provides monthly payments and medical benefits to coal miners disabled from black lung disease and their surviving dependents, if their employer is bankrupt or when no coal operator can be identified as responsible for paying benefits. 

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