Reps. Israel, Bishop & McCarthy Commend Treasury Decision to Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments from Health Insurance Requirement
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Rep. Israel said, "Volunteer firefighters provide an invaluable service to our communities and save lives. I'm pleased that the
Rep. Bishop said, "
Rep. McCarthy said, "I applaud Treasury's decision to ensure that ACA provisions do not wrongfully burden our nation's fire departments.
The Affordable Care Act requires that an employer with 50 or more full-time employees (which is considered 30 hours or more a week) offer affordable and adequate health care coverage to its employees or else they could face a fine. However, the question arose as to how the hours of volunteer firefighters and other volunteer emergency responders should be taken into account in determining whether they are considered full-time employees and for counting toward the 50-employee threshold. Treasury is acting to ensure that volunteer fire and emergency services personnel are accorded appropriate treatment under the Affordable Care Act.
Today's announcement by Treasury ensures that volunteer fire departments will not be faced with unfair costs under the Affordable Care Act that they cannot afford to pay.
In December, Reps. Israel, Bishop and McCarthy sent a letter to the
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