State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today continued to fight on behalf of Ohio coal miners by announcing legislation to encourage the U.S. Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act, federal legislation to protect pension and health care benefits for coal miner retirees and their families. 

“Years ago, a promise was made to coal miners that they could earn guaranteed healthcare and retirement benefits – and we need to keep that promise,” said Cera. “Many individuals have been killed on the job or died slow, painful deaths from black lung disease. It is unfathomable that the survival of retirement pensions and health care benefits for the people who have helped build this country is being questioned. These hard working individuals and their families deserve the benefits they’ve earned, and more.”  

Rep. Cera’s legislation comes as tens of thousands of retired coal miners and their families this month received official notification that they could lose their health care benefits by April 30. 

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