WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease has urged Congress to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.
Robert Bailey of Princeton, West Virginia, addressed a Senate panel Tuesday. The panel was holding the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners.
The yearlong investigation examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.
Sen. Robert Casey said he is concerned that sick miners have to wait years for their cases to be decided. Casey chaired the hearing. He is a Democrat from Pennsylvania.