Congressman Kelly Supports Volunteer Firefighters

Published 03/12 2014 05:34PM

Updated 03/12 2014 05:44PM

Congressman Mike Kelly says he wants to help volunteer firefighters, and a resolution he is co-sponsoring will do just that.

HR 3979 is the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014.

The legislation would insure that emergency service volunteers are NOT counted when determining full-time employees for purposes of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Kelly says that 90% of the 1,800 fire departments in Pennsylvania are volunteer, and if the departments had to pay insurance on it's members, many departments would be forced to close it's doors.

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