News on Federal Black Lung Funding

Congress established the Black Lung trust fund in 1978. The tax rate used to fund it expired on Dec. 31, 2018, and has since been cut in half, leaving many beneficiaries uncertain of what will happen next. Below are links to articles regarding the current state of federal Black Lung funding. AP News Break: Congress’…

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Final Rule Governing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund’s Payment of Medical Benefits Has Been Issued

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has issued a Final Rule governing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund’s payment of medical benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Final Rule: Adopts modern payment formulas for physicians, hospitals and other providers that are derived from the formulas used in the Medicare program. These formulas are…

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Miners’ Health Benefits Countdown

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. joined three other senators in issuing a statement saying they would block other legislation unless Congress acts to save health care and pension benefits for thousands of retired coal miners. Read the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Dec. 5, 2016 article here: manchin-threatens-to-block-other-bills-without-umw-benefit-action View it on the Charleston Gazette-Mail website here: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-politics/20161205/manchin-threatens-to-block-other-bills-without-umw-benefit-action

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