Volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel will be excluded from the employment requirements under the Affordable Care Act, the Treasury Department announced on Friday, Jan. 10. This means they will not be required to provide healthcare coverage to volunteer firefighters under the federal healthcare law.
In a press release on the Treasury Department's website, Mark J. Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy, said that firefighters and emergency services personnel "generally will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel" to be counted.
For months, there has been a nationwide push to exempt volunteer emergency service personnel.
The ACA requires that employers with more than 50 employees who work more than 30 hours per week on average offer them health insurance or pay a penalty.
For more information, visit the U.S. Treasury website.