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Reed Announces Passage of House Bill Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Ems Personnel from Obamacare Mandate

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Washington, DC, March 11, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed announced Tuesday House passage of the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, a bill that protects volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from the Obamacare employer mandate. The bill works to correct an error in Obamacare that counted volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel as full-time employees, rather than volunteers, subjecting them to additional Obamacare costs.

“We’re proud to stand with volunteer firefighters and EMS to correct this unfair cost of the President’s health care law,” Reed said. “These volunteer organizations struggle enough financially and forcing fire departments to make the tough decision to eliminate volunteers is not fair to departments, the volunteers who selflessly give their time and expertise, or the communities who rely on them for their emergency services. Just as they care for us, we need to care for and protect them from this extra cost and burden.”

Earlier this year, Reed cosponsored the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act in response to input from local fire departments and volunteers. The bill has over 100 bipartisan co-sponsors and is backed by local, state and national fire and emergency responder organizations, including the National Volunteer Fire Council.  

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