Barry Johnson of the East Kentucky Coalfield Black Lung Association is featured in this article about how COVID-19 impacts miners with black lung disease.
“Johnson said he agrees emergency response to the pandemic should be the priority. But he fears that delays in finding a permanent solution to maintaining the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, amid coal mine closures and industry opposition, could have dire consequences.
‘I’m just afraid,’ he said, ‘that in all the chaos and the push that momentum is going to die and fall to the wayside and folks are going to be lost in the shuffle.'”