Summary

                            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.

Introduced in Senate
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.



                        

Actions

  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (text of measure as introduced: CR S343-344)

    Jan 17th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Jan 17th, 2017