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Congressman Lou Barletta proposes bill to exempt volunteer firefighters from the affordable care act

The Affordable Care act could have a major impact on volunteer fire companies. After asking questions  and  not getting answers for weeks,  Congressman Lou Barletta has proposed a bill to protect the fire companies.

“Common sense is not so common here in Washington and I didn’t want to take the chance because I do believe this would close many fire houses around the country,  “ says Barletta

Barletta says under the Affordable Care Act volunteer fire companies could be forced to  pay for healthcare for the volunteers.  He says currently the IRS treats all firefighters as employees, volunteer or not. And since they are treated as employees, employers with at least 50 employees must provide health insurance to those who work 30 hours per week. He’s been leading the move to get clarification on this from the IRS, and since he has yet to hear from them, he’s taking matters into his own hands. He has proposed a bill to protect the companies.

“ There have been over a thousand waivers for special interest groups already. I don`t know what needs to be reviewed here, “ says Barletta

   The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act would exempt them from the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

Fox43 did contact the IRS. The IRS told us to contact the U.S Treasury who told us they couldn’t comment at this time.

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4 Comments to “Congressman Lou Barletta proposes bill to exempt volunteer firefighters from the affordable care act”

    lazrus444 said:
    December 12, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    How about a bill to exempt ALL Pennsylvania residents from the Obama Care fiasco???

      Joe said:
      December 12, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Ah think ya'll gon' laaaaaaaake it………………Andy Griffith.

    Henry said:
    December 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    The one Congressman is trying to exclude Aliens from the Health Care Plan if
    they land on earth. My view is this. If you come to earth from outer space you
    should pay your fair share.

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    December 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The wording in the law should be changed to consider only compensated employees. People who volunteer at soup kitchens, libraries, community service, Eagle Scouts and the like are not employed.

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