Volunteer firefighters and other local government and nonprofit emergency responders will be exempt from coverage mandates under the Affordable Care Act, it waws announced by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
from triggering the coverage mandateówhich would require that they be provided affordable comprehensive health insurance.
Under the ACA, employers with 50 or more full time workers are required to offer affordable comprehensive health insurance or be subject to a penalty. Under the ACA, full time generally means 30 or more hours per week.
Counties served by volunteer fire departments were concerned that they might be required to offer comprehensive health coverage to their volunteers, forcing some departments to close.