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Fitzgerald Introduces Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act


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From The Office of Kyle Fitzgerald
For Immediate Release 

Washington, DC – Rep. Kyle Fitzgerald (R-WV) spoke to the press after introducing the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act.

“A lot of politicians back home talk about taking care of coal miners. Often times that means protecting their jobs from unnecessary regulations. While that is very important, it is also important to take care of our miners when their careers are over. One of the biggest challenges many miners face after their career ends is black lung disease. This is a debilitating and deadly disease that has caused more than 78,000 deaths since 1968. Miners who contract this disease can get benefits paid out by the Black Lung Benefits Act. Unfortunately, there is a backlog of cases and many miners are having trouble getting the benefits they are entitled to. Sometimes they even have to fight for their benefits in court. That is why I introduced the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act. This bill provides miners with better and more timely benefits by streamlining the black lung benefits process, reducing the backlog of benefits claims, restoring lost cost-of-benefit increases, ensuring cost-of-living increases are never withheld in the future, and helping claimants secure legal representation. The bill also improves miners’ access to medical evidence so that claims can be decided fairly in court. The bill requires full disclosure of medical information, prohibits unethical conduct by doctors and attorneys, and allows miners or their survivors to reopen previously denied cases. Let's get this bill signed into law so that it will be much easier for miners and their families to get the benefits they deserve in a timely manner.”

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Former President Kyle Fitzgerald

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