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Donnelly, Walorski back plans to exempt volunteer firefighters from ACA provision

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski express support for measures to exempt volunteer firefighters from Obamacare's employer mandate.

Posted on Dec. 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski expressed support for proposals that would exempt volunteer firefighters from being considered full-time workers, per terms of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

“Under the ACA, employers with more than 50 full-time employees or FTEs (full-time equivalents) are required to provide employees with health insurance or face a penalty,” the office of Donnelly, a Democrat, said in a press release. “Because the (Internal Revenue Service) already considers volunteer emergency personnel as employees for federal tax purposes, there is concern that volunteers will be included in the FTE calculation.”

Thus, the two lawmakers expressed support Tuesday, Dec. 17, for measures in their respective chambers that would exempt volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency responders from being counted as full-time workers or FTEs.

Without the change, volunteer fire companies would be saddled “with a significant financial burden,” Walorski, a Republican, said in a statement.

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