ACA Repeal Threatens A Black Lung Provision Popular In Coal Country

Last Modified: Fri Jan 27 2017 18:02:38 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 38,000
    miners and widows currently receiving black lung benefits - a disease caused by breathing in coal dust. Over time, coal dust coats the lungs and causes them to harden. Hard lungs don’t easily expand and contract, and that makes it difficult to breath. The disease has not cure.
  • 25 Oct 2013
    Byrd Amendments.included in the ACA which shifts the burden of proof — instead of miners having to prove that mining caused their black lung, the coal companies have to prove that mining didn’t. Besides, anyone who has worked 15 years or longer in the mines is presumed to have the disease from coal mine employment. Prior to this amendment, workers were regularly denied any benefits.