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H.R. 934: Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 31, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 934

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 31, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Wilson of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to include certain retirees in the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019.

2.

Inclusion in multiemployer health benefit plan

(a)

In general

Section 402(h)(2)(C) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1232(h)(2)(C)) is amended—

(1)

by striking the Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2017 both places it appears in clause (ii) and inserting the Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019;

(2)

by striking , would be denied or reduced as a result of a bankruptcy proceeding commenced in 2012 or 2015 in clause (ii)(II) and inserting or a related coal wage agreement, would be denied or reduced as a result of a bankruptcy proceeding commenced in 2012, 2015, or 2018;

(3)

by striking January 1, 2017 in clause (ii) and inserting January 1, 2019; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following new clause:

(vi)

Related coal wage agreement

For purposes of clause (ii), the term related coal wage agreement means an agreement between the United Mine Workers of America and an employer in the bituminous coal industry that—

(I)

is a signatory operator; or

(II)

is or was a debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding that was consolidated, administratively or otherwise, with the bankruptcy proceeding of a signatory operator or a related person to a signatory operator (as those terms are defined in section 9701(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to fiscal years beginning after September 30, 2018.