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Grimes criticizes McConnell for opposing black lung benefits in federal health care bill
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:05 PM EDT
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has vowed to repeal all of the federal Affordable Care Act - even though it includes several provisions that help coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.
Black lung is the common name for a disease caused by inhaling coal dust. State officials say more Kentucky miners are filing claims because more of them are out of work. Eastern Kentucky has lost 7,000 direct coal mining jobs since 2012.
A McConnell spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request for comment.