Coal Miners Are Dying Of Black Lung — A Kentucky Law Could Make It Harder To Claim Benefits (HBO)

Kentucky is at the center of what experts are calling the worst black lung epidemic on record. But instead of making it easier for miners to get access to health care, Kentucky’s lawmakers passed a law that may soon hinder miners’ ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

The new law, which goes into effect on July 14th, bars federally certified radiologists from assessing coal miners’ X-rays in state black lung workers’ compensation claims. Instead, the state will require that only pulmonologists, physicians whose focus is lung disease, be allowed to judge X-rays for benefit claims. Right now, there are only 11 doctors in Kentucky who are certified to examine X-rays for state benefits claims, and the new law will cut that number down to five.

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48 thoughts on “Coal Miners Are Dying Of Black Lung — A Kentucky Law Could Make It Harder To Claim Benefits (HBO)

  1. Just a part of life to call on Trump and ask him and all of his coal training media for a celebratory smoke to the decline of the USA. Hip hip hooray. Please consider before you vote .

  2. Seems like these poor hard working folks are facing the same treatment that our vets receive…little to none. It's heartbreaking that we live in a country that takes better care of non-contributing welfare and illegals then we do the hard working men and woman, the backbone of this country. What is wrong with us?!?!

  3. 5:04 Answers it all. He fought for this law to be put through yet he knows nothing about it? Petition him out, the people are the power and his lack of knowledge shows he obviously had an ulterior motive to pass this law through. Why wasn't a trial run initiated first? Comparing both systems? I'm disgusted that this was put through so easily. The mining companies should be forced to provide professionals for this well documented health and safety issue.

  4. Hey I do hope they get out of this and normally people don't like this opinion but I believe we should stop using humans for these jobs, yes it means taking jobs away from these people but we should give them to robots.

    This is so no more people get black lungs. I believe we shouldn't have humans Working with such a terrible environment as in a coal mine where they're slowly getting killed.

  5. So about that clean coal that Trump talked about…

    I mean seriously, if you are adamant on protecting the industry, and I'm not against that, the least you could do is try and protect these miners? Safety measures, health precautions, something? Surely there's something you can do right?

  6. How about go after the company responsible not the government… plus isn't this a choice? Like if I were to crush myself with a tree ( I'm a logger) wouldn't i be at fault for being an ignorant dip shit? I guess I'm a conservative and take RESPONSIBILITY for my own actions instead of blaming others for my short comings…

  7. This is really unfair I wish we had nationalized healthcare. I’m paying 15% I would much rather it go to people like this than Israel or perpetual war or vacations for Congress.

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