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Black Lung Disease Benefit Seeks Home as Democrats’ Plan Stalls

Dec. 22, 2021, 10:00 AM

Senate Democrats from Appalachian states are working to extend an excise tax rate backed by key moderate Joe Manchin that expires Dec. 31 to help coal miners with black lung disease.

Coal miners and their dependents who receive the disability payments won’t lose the benefit after the rate expires on Dec. 31. But the amount of tax collected from coal companies into the federal fund will decrease by more than half until Congress renews it at its current level, advocates say. The tax is the primary source of funding for the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

The excise tax ...