Black Lung Benefits | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Black Lung Benefits

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House Bill 239 and Senate Bill 215 would have repealed language in the 2018 workers' comp law limiting who can perform evaluations in occupational disease claims; this law has been used to make it much harder for miners with black lung disease to qualify for compensation.

Ensuring that folks who've worked in the mines have the health care, income and retirements they deserve requires a Just Transition. KFTC members and allies have been working at the state and federal levels to ensure that the epidemic in black lung disease is properly addressed.

You can learn more about the work at the federal level at To learn more about ways you can help at the state level, email Lisa Abbott at:

Bill Sponsor(s): 
A. Hatton, B. McCool + 12 others, P. Wheeler

Senate Bill 215 was assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee.

House Bill 239 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Senate and House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bills.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Supports