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McConnell Helps Secure Assistance for Coal Miners Clinic in Muhlenberg County


‘We appreciate the ongoing support from Senator McConnell and because of his efforts to secure this funding we are able to continue to serve the former miners in Western Kentucky at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital’s Coal Miners’ Respiratory Clinic’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $1,049,780 federal competitive grant to Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital (OHMCH) to continue providing black lung health screenings for Kentucky miners at its Coal Miners Clinic. Senator McConnell contacted HHS on behalf of the clinic.

“This funding will help the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital continue its critical black lung screening assessments to miners in Western Kentucky,” said Senator McConnell. “As Senate Majority Leader, I’m making the health and safety of Kentucky’s coal miners a national priority. OHMCH Coal Miners’ Respiratory Clinic Director Donald Givens and his team continue doing amazing work for Kentucky’s brave miners, and I was proud to help them secure this grant.”

“We appreciate the ongoing support from Senator McConnell and because of his efforts to secure this funding we are able to continue to serve the former miners in Western Kentucky at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital’s Coal Miners’ Respiratory Clinic,” said Ed Heath, Chief Operating Officer at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital.

Senator McConnell has worked for years to help deliver federal funding to the OHMCH. In 2017, McConnell helped OHMCH secure a $658,427 competitive federal grant to continue providing health screenings for Kentucky miners and to purchase new equipment for its Coal Miners Clinic. And in 2014, Senator McConnell assisted them in securing funding, which allowed its Coal Miner’s Respiratory Clinic to remain open so that Western Kentucky’s coal miners would continue receiving care at the facility.

In last year’s spending bill, Senator McConnell secured a provision to shore up the miners’ pensions fund and health care benefits for retired miners.

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