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Coal Miners To Demand Congress Restore Full Black Lung Benefits Tax -NPR

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“Dozens of coal miners are expected on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, where they’ll press federal regulators and members of Congress to address the epidemic of deadly progressive massive fibrosis, the advanced stage of black lung disease.

They’ll ask lawmakers to fully restore a coal excise tax that pays for medical care and some living expenses for miners diagnosed with black lung, a crippling disease caused by the inhalation of coal and silica dust. The tax was cut more than 50% at the end of last year. It supports the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which is more than $4 billion in debt.”
Read more here:
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/743152782/coal-miners-to-demand-congress-restore-full-black-lung-benefits-tax


Updates on the EPA rollback of Coal Emission Standards

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Below are some articles we thought would be helpful for those who would like to stay updated on the EPA rollbacks of Obama-era regulations on coal emissions, which instead allow for states to have more discretion.

CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/politics/epa-rolls-back-obama-coal-emissions/index.html

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-latest-epa-chief-eases-rules-on-coal-fired-power-plants/2019/06/19/463f12e2-9307-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html?utm_term=.4d50c3bf74bb


HRSA/NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program: Now accepting applications through to July 18th!

“A new National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program, the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program, will award up to $100,000 in student loan repayment to primary care and behavioral health clinicians providing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural communities nationwide. In exchange, participants commit to serve for three years at rural health care sites.”

Click here for more information or copy + paste the link below

https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/nhsc-rural-community-loan-repayment-program

Application Help

NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program Application Webinar
June 131:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Access Link
Dial-in number: 800-857-1286
Passcode: 4667956


NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program Application Online Q & A Sessions
June 27 & July 11 & 16
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Access Link

Other HRSA/NHSC Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) to look out for during the 2020 cycle are listed below:


DEEOIC Medical Provider Update

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The U.S. Department of Labor- Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs- Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness has issued an update to instructions for regarding OWCP-1500 Field 5 Submissions.

“Effective May 5, 2019, DEEOIC will enforce completion of Field 5 on the OWCP-1500 Health Insurance Claim Form. When submitting the OWCP-1500, providers are required to enter the patient’s mailing address and zip code in Field 5. If Field 5 is incomplete, DEEOIC will return the OWCP-1500 and the provider will be required to resubmit the form with the required information.”

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US DOL: Senior Level Former Coal Company Officials In Kentucky Charged For Defrauding Regulators About Black-Lung Causing Risks To Miners

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“United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the charging of an additional former supervisor and safety official from Armstrong Coal, in addition to the eight previous officials charged by a federal grand jury, for conspiracy to defraud an agency of the United States government by deceit, trickery, and dishonest means. ”

Read more below in the US DOLs News release:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/msha/msha20190227