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Barletta pushes to protect volunteer fire companies

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Congressman Lou Barletta is pushing his legislation to change parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Barletta (R-Pa.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last night to promote the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act.

Barletta said that because the IRS currently views volunteer firefighters as employees, the ACA could force fire companies or municipalities to provide health insurance to their volunteers or pay a fine.

He said that would burden fire companies with unbearable costs and possibly cause them to reduce the number of volunteers they have or shut their doors altogether.

Under Obamacare's employer mandate provision, employers with 50 or more employees must provide health insurance or pay penalties.

Barletta's bill would exempt volunteer fire and ambulance companies.

It's unclear if his legislation will come up for a vote.

If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act, abc27 will air our latest "Your Health, Your Choice" event at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

We'll be live from our town hall meeting at the Grace Pollock Center in Camp Hill, and have experts in the studio discussing the health care law.


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