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McKinley Hails Announcement of Permanent Fix for Miners' Healthcare

McKinley Hails Announcement of Permanent Fix for Miners’ Healthcare

Coal Caucus Chair Vows to Continue Fight for Pensions

Washington, D.C.– Chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1), welcomed the announcement that legislation he’s sponsored to permanently extend healthcare benefits for tens of thousands of miners and their families, will be voted on this week. If Congress does not take action, over 22,000 people will begin to lose their healthcare coverage.

“The announcement of a permanent fix is great news for all of the hardworking miners and family members who have been constantly worried about losing the healthcare benefits they earned. For six years, we’ve been leading this fight and I am pleased to see we are about to cross the finish line. Coal mining families deserve peace of mind and know that their healthcare benefits will no longer be threatened and I’d like to thank the leadership in both the Senate and the House for addressing this permanently,” said McKinley.

“While this development on healthcare is welcome news, we must continue the fight to protect coal miner pensions. I look forward to leading this bipartisan effort in the House,” McKinley said. 

Background

Congressman McKinley has been fighting for a solution for the miner pensions and healthcare for six years, and after working with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), operators, other industry stakeholders, and members of Congress to solve this problem. He first introduced The Coal Healthcare and Pension Protection Act in 2013,and again in 2015 and 2017. 

Due to the threat of over 22,000 miners and family members losing their healthcare coverage at the end of this week, Congressman McKinley introduced the HELP for Coal Miners Healthcare Act. This legislation is the House companion bill to legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.