Termination of health benefits for Pittston mine workers: Impact on the health and security of miners and their families

R. Y. Demers, C. W. Michaels, R. Frank, K. Fagan, M. McDiarmid, T. Rohr

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Abstract

Mine workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) have had comprehensive medical care coverage since 1950. On February 1, 1988, UMWA employees of the Pittston Coal Group had their health care benefits abruptly terminated. Renewal of these benefits became a major reason for the subsequent UMWA strike against Pittston. In December, 1989, physician interviewers were organized to document the human experience of this termination of health care benefits. This report summarizes these interviews, and concludes that the UMWA experience in the Pittston coal fields is one example of the barriers to health care experienced by an increasing proportion of the United States population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-480
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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