Hanna: Obama-care not Fair to Volunteer Fire Fighters
3/21/2014 (Updated 6:57:19 PM)U.S. Representative Richard Hanna was at the Vestal Fire Department Friday backing a bill to protect emergency responders from Affordable Care Act costs.
Passed unanimously in a recent vote by the house of representatives, the "Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act" ensures that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees, a classification that would subject them to the same healthcare costs and penalties as full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act.
"The reason they're volunteer fire departments is because all of these small communities, and there are hundreds of them around New York State, simply would not have fire protection if they had to supply these people with health insurance," said Congressman Hanna.
In New York State, 95% of all fire companies depend either entirely or mostly on volunteers.
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