WASHINGTON - A bill to exempt volunteer firefighters and emergency medical providers from the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act has been co-sponsored by a West Virginia representative.
The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, House Resolution 3685, is supported by the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said.
The Internal Revenue Service currently defines volunteer firefighters as employees and as such could be covered by the employer mandate under the act, he said.
"Small towns and rural areas across America rely on volunteer first responders to provide vital lifesaving services," McKinley said. "In West Virginia, 95 percent of all fire departments are staffed by volunteers. It is unfair to penalize these men and women who put their lives on the line with each and every call."