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HELP for Coal Miners Health Care Act of 2017
Helping Ensure Long-Term Protection for Coal Miners Health Care Act of 2017

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A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan, and for other purposes.


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01/17/2017Introduced in Senate

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01/17/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (text of measure as introduced: CR S343-344)
Action By: Senate

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Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] 01/30/2017

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Senate Finance01/17/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (01/17/2017)

Helping Ensure Long-Term Protection for Coal Miners Health Care Act of 2017 or the HELP for Coal Miners Health Care Act of 2017

This bill amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan to provide health benefits to retired coal miners and their families.

The bill expands the group whose retiree health benefits are taken into account in determining the amount that the Department of the Treasury must transfer from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund and the General Fund of the Treasury to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan.

The Government Accountability Office must study the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan and submit to Congress reports analyzing whether federal funds are being spent appropriately by the plan.

The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal requirements for current and former signatories to labor agreements with the United Mineworkers of America to pay unassigned beneficiaries premiums or backstop premiums if transfers under SMCRA are less than the amount required to be transferred.